All you have to do is look (14)
Posted by ampontan on Saturday, August 11, 2012
The front gate of Kashima High School, in Kashima, Saga.
There has been an educational institution on this site since 1669. Kashima High considers its own origins to be a school founded under a different educational system in 1896.
Yesterday it was the site of the 7th Prefectural English Debate Contest, in which teams of high school students debated a proposition in English. (I was one of the judges.)
Imagine your high school self participating in a formal debate in a foreign language. I can’t. Yet all of the students in this largely rural prefecture conducted themselves superbly. As one of the other judges commented after watching one debate, “both of those teams were so good they could have beaten us.”