The Japanese government panel on educational reconstruction proposed Thursday doubling the page counts of Japanese-language, science and English textbooks to enrich education.

In its report to Prime Minister Taro Aso, the panel said mathematics texts should include more practice exercises so students can study by themselves outside of class.

Japanese-language textbooks need to carry more excellent writing by great literary figures, while those of English should contain newspaper articles and masterly speeches, the panel said in the report.

The proposals came after the government’s new educational guidelines showed a reversion from the past more-relaxed education policy to improve academic capability.

Source: Associated Press via Japan Probe


5 thoughts on “Japanese Method to Enrich Education

  1. I think it’s a good idea, as long as this stops them from attening juku – where they often end up learning things differently or wrong.

    1. Well, simply doubling the content of the textbooks seems like not a very wise goal to me because the focus should be on quality rather than quantity. However, I do support extensive examples in mathematical textbooks and good writing for Japanese and English textbooks.

  2. I don’t believe they are doubling the content of textbooks. It seems to me that they will provide additional ways of looking at things.

    Japanese textbooks are not like American textbooks. They are all paperback and tiny. My students’ entire English textbook is under 100 pages. Each point is covered only once and students are expected to understand it fully after seeing it used in one way. The same could be said for all of their other classes as well.

    It just doesn’t work.

    1. Ōkami-Sensei,

      I see. It sounds like the students would benefit from these changes.

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      Speakers such as J.F. Kennedy, M.L. King, Winston Churchill, and even Tony Blair come to mind.

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