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National Standards and School Reform in Japan and the United States

Edited by Gary DeCoker New York, Teachers College Press, 2002 218 Pages. Paperback. ISBN: 0-8077-4200-7 Since A Nation at Risk was published in 1983, Japan has become a standard from which to compare education in the U.S. and Japan. Aspects of Japan’s educational system have been brandished as solutions for perceived educational problems in the U.S. Looking at Japan, some have suggested that we increase the number of hours in school or the length of the school day. Others have argued fo...

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Using Videos to Compare K-12 Schooling and Society Within Japan

Often when we hear about Japanese education in the U.S. mass media, stories dominate about young children taking entrance examinations, cramming for tests, and facing stress. Seldom do we discover what students do in schools and how society influences schooling and children. As a result, many children and adults develop the notion that the process of education in Japan is homogenous from elementary through high school. Issues such as examination hell and cram school become associated with the en...