Keiji Nakazawa: Barefoot In Hiroshima
Manga has a huge influence worldwide and can be effective in the classroom. Everybody learns differently and students are more engaged in learning about something that interests them. Many students enjoy reading manga and it can prepare them with the necessary skills to become successful in their lives.
Some of these skills include reading comprehension, writing, critical thinking, and developing long-term relationships with people from all walks of life. Developing engaging and interactive curriculum motivates students to learn more about the world around them and apply what they learned to their daily lives.
For example, manga can teach people around the world from all ethnicities about important events that occurred during Japan’s history such as America dropping an atomic bomb on Nagasaki and Hiroshima in ending World War II to the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami of 2011.
I strongly believe that more teachers should utilize manga as a learning tool to inspire and educate the younger generation about finding solutions to life’s daily problems. Pop culture can become a great weapon in helping young people understand the past, present, and possibilities that the future can bring.
Barefoot Gen is a great example of the catastrophic impact that war can have on human life. It should teach people that war is not the solution towards bring about the changes that we want to see in our lives. Watch the video below: