How did I become a lecturer in one of the most prestigious medical universities in Japan, when I failed all of my school examinations, and left school at 17 virtually illiterate?
The story of my life reflects much of what is wrong with education today, as it did when I was a child. The answer to the above question is presented in the accompanying five books.
The writing of these books, and the 20 years of research that went behind them, was given impetus when I overheard a teacher remark how stupid the children were in his class. The children, I interrupted him, were not stupid. It was simply that they did not understand what he meant. The teacher responded by telling me there was nothing wrong with the way he taught, and that his students were more or less born the way he marked and so graded them. The problem is that the teacher did not understand what I meant.
It was to explain what intelligence is, how it develops, and why it is not what we think it is that I devoted 20 years in research to produce these now six books.
The danger, and our failing in this, is that we do not realise that the ways we educate children today are based on a modified design that is 100 years out of date.
Very simple, we do not now educate our children for the kind of world they will most likely live and work in.
I now travel as much as I can about the world demonstrating the new system of teaching I have designed, and show the need to change the curriculum.
We need to teach children how to think the moment they enter the school system, so that we can help them leave with higher grades and a greater understanding of their responsibility first to themselves, then their society and then to our planet. For it is these children that will make the decisions that will affect later generations.
For my part, I would briefly explain here that two years after I had left school, as a complete failure, I went back into education, and after three years of study passed all of 14 examinations with an average pass of 96%. Having qualified with distinction as an electronics engineer, and noted as the best student in my first year, I went to sea and so through a host of experiences of people, countries, jobs, and life.