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The Purpose of Education 2 – Education in Naruto

Lately we have been watching a lot of Naruto Shippuden. This is the anime series that starts three years after the events of Naruto. Quick plot: they’re ninjas, in a society of ninjas, and they go on ninja missions and do ninja training and you can never expect what they’re going to pull off because they’re NINJAS.

It’s great.

So a while back I wrote a post about the Purpose of Education, and about what it does for the student, what it means for their life. And about why we might teach. Which also tied in, for me, to a large set of posts I wrote about how Science Fiction is important which, if I may, I will sum up in this quote from Among Others, which I am reading right now:

“One of the things I’ve always liked about science fiction is the way it makes you think about things, and look at things from angles you’d never have thought about before.”

-Jo Walton, Among Others

Okay, back to Naruto. In watching the show – especially in season 3 – there’s a lot of talk about learning, about studying Ninjutsu (ninja arts) and studying with a master. A lot about knowledge as power, which, when you’re throwing around crazy ninja powers, is a literal sort of adaptation of that concept. So let me talk through what I observed in the show, and what it tells us about the Purpose of Education!

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N is for Naruto

NI feel like our character list needed an anime character, and I don’t think there is one that we have watched more of than Naruto. We have watched the whole run of Naruto, and into Naruto Shippuden, but not all of it. So many episodes! Hulu is a good place to watch, as they have the episodes subtitled.

So while the show is named after him, he isn’t the whole show – there’s a large ensemble cast of various ninjas, who are all awesome. They’re not all Rock Lee, but still, awesome. But amongst all of these characters, there’s something about Naruto himself, the mystery factor, and the focus that is brought upon him, and the steps he has to take as a character, that all add up to him being a strong choice for title and main character.

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