Education: The Redheaded Crane

Japanese school teachers were liberated by the U.S. occupation from a militarist thought-control system, only to be gulled by the exponents of a worse tyranny. The 500,000-strong Japanese Teachers Union, representing two-thirds of the country's teachers, is noisy, well knit—and dominated by Communists. This week Diet members from Premier Shigeru Yoshida's government party produced two bills designed to curb the union's new Communist-line politicking. Unfortunately, the bills seemed to approach the old thought-control methods.

Twisted Idealism. The Communist-lining in the Teachers Union was plain to see. Japanese teachers are overworked (average work week:...

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