Education: From the Bottom Up

General Douglas MacArthur had invited 27 U.S. educators to Japan to tell him how he was doing in re-educating the Japanese. Last week the educators made their report. Conclusion: MacArthur's methods were good as far as they went. But the U.S. mission thought that more than negative, punitive reform of the Japanese was needed.

Recommendations: 1) Substitute a Roman alphabet for the more than 50,000 Chinese-derived picture-characters of written Japanese. Though newspapers employ fewer than 4,500 characters, even educated Japs have to use dictionaries to understand them all, and uneducated Japs have trouble...

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