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Competitor or Ally?: Japan’s Role in American Educational by Gerald K. LeTendre

By Gerald K. LeTendre

During this ebook the authors systematically handle the commonest stereotypes or myths approximately eastern schooling which are at the moment being circulated within the renowned press, educating magazines and academic examine journals. The authors express how arguments approximately Japan are used to additional political ends in the American academic debate. the various myths that the booklet debunks are Japan's excessive adolescent suicide fee. LeTendre and Zeng exhibit that adolescent suicide between men is now two times as excessive within the U.S. as in Japan. Tsuchida and Lewis tackle the parable of jap school rooms as crowded areas established on rote-learning--providing particular proof as to why eastern scholars may possibly certainly have an "edge" in math. McConnell makes use of Japan's hugely winning international language software to deconstruct photographs of "Japan Inc."--showing the hugely fractious and sour political debates that take place in Japan. Yang presents info on modifications in jap and American lecturers' paintings roles--showing that alterations within the academic platforms should not easily because of "cultural" variations, yet have a foundation in academic coverage and college association. Shimizu deals an alternate view of accomplishment motivation between eastern scholars in line with in-depth interviews with jap kids.

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For example, comparisons of international data show that in terms of test scores , America does well in some areas, poorly in others. We are generally good in reading, but average to poor in mathematics. However, in fourth grade science, the United States excels. Using national rankings based on international test score data to conclude that American public schools overall are doing poorly or well is unsubstantiated. As Stedman and Jaeger have noted , and this point bears remembering, general social conditions such as poverty or family structure, appear to explain a significant percentage of the variation in international student achievement.

In order to succeed. "The fact is that Japanese public schools are doing a pathetic job of educating the people. Virtually 100 percent of public school graduates 25 26 lneko Tsuchida and Catherine C. Lewis would fail college entrance exams if they depended on the public schools alone to prepare them... " Jukus are numerous, expensive, and indispensable to the Japanese system of education" (Goya, 1993: 128). Such accounts tell only one side of the story of Japanese education. S. media, a visitor to a Japanese elementary school might wonder if he or she was in the right country.

Teaching and Learning in Japan. New York: Cambridge University Press, pp. 190-212 and I. S. and Japanese Classrooms. D. Dissertation. School of Education, University of California, Berkeley. members, and to acknowledge each response by saying "I see" (naruhodo), without ever indicating whether it was correct or incorrect. Often, Japanese teachers went through an entire class period without telling students whether or not answers were correct. Instead, they continued to solicit many different ideas from students.

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