Education: Schooling for the Common Good

Shushin, spirit and internationally envied success

Americans, impressed first by the quality of Japanese cameras, then TV sets, then cars and stereo equipment, are now beginning to hear about another top-quality product: the education system that has produced so much success. Amidst cries in the U.S. of "back to basics" and "on to excellence," the rigorous pace and pressure of Japan's schools, the required curriculum and the unquestioned authority of teacher over pupil all possess an appeal for Americans who have heard some thing of how Japanese education works and who remember some-thing...

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