The Time Magazine Cover is Misleading: Here is what you should be more concerned with than teacher tenure

A few things about the November 2014 Time Magazine cover that claims that “It’s nearly impossible to fire a bad teacher.” 1) That is simply not true. Tenure is there so that if a teacher is fired they get to know why and have a chance to tell their side of the story. It’s there … Continue reading

JET Alumni Survey for Research Purposes

In an effort to develop an overall profile of American alumni of the JET Program, with particular emphasis on the educational and professional experiences of alumni after participation in JET, JET Alum, Professor Emily Metzgar of Indiana University’s School of Journalism, is inviting JETAA members to participate in a research study of American alumni of … Continue reading

Four Ex-Students Want to Keep JET – Yet we need to hear from more!

A few months ago, an article about the debate on the benefits of the JET Programme caught my eye. On July 27, 2010, The Japan Times published an article as part of the response to the JET Programme being called out as part of the massive budget review.  In this article, four students speak about … Continue reading

JET Programme Update – Still on Chopping Block

This is just a brief update on the status of the JET Programme in light of the recent Japanese evaluation of governmental waste in spending.  The current JET issue has recently come to the attention to many international news outlets and the JET alumni community has been taking steps to get the word out and … Continue reading

The JET Programme is in Trouble

It appears that the JET Programme is in trouble. The JET Programme, which took me to Japan for 3 years (2 on JET, and one year working for the Compulsory Education Division of the Board of Education in Gunma), is a valuable program that gives Japan vital exposure to international people from a large number … Continue reading