In just two days, my twins will begin second grade. I can’t wait to find out who their homeroom teachers will be. My son has heard rumors that his will be a strict male teacher who piles on the homework, and he isn’t quite looking forward to that. My daughter, however, is counting the days till she advances to the next grade level (while I worry about the homework).
It’s possible that her homeroom teacher will be H.-sensei, who just earned his master’s degree from Ehime University. H.-sensei was once my husband’s student. He is also profoundly deaf, and I think he is the first deaf person my daughter ever met. It’s very difficult to pass the teacher’s exam, and very few do on the first try. Clearly, H.-sensei is a remarkable individual and he will be a shining example for the deaf kids at Lilia’s school.
Elsewhere, Hirotada Ototake, author of No One’s Perfect, was appointed a full-time teacher at Suginami Daiyon Elementary School in Tokyo. Ototake was born with tetra-amelia, a congenital condition that stops the limbs from developing properly. Basically, this means that he doesn’t have arms or legs. His disability is very obvious. I am sure that these two men will wield a positive influence over the coming generations.