February 16, 1997 |
Twice a week, Ko goes to cram school to prepare for the crucial entrance exam he will have to take next year. He arrives for class with a tiny knapsack packed with his crayons, lunch box and a diaper. He is, after all, only 2 years old. Japan's super-competitive system of "examination hell" is engulfing ever-younger children, spawning a new industry of cram schools to help the baby boomers' babies pass entrance exams for elite private kindergartens and elementary schools.
March 17, 1993 |
Japan's Supreme Court upheld government censorship of schoolbooks Tuesday, rejecting a landmark lawsuit by a textbook crusader who has waged a 30-year battle against whitewashing of wartime history. The Supreme Court backed a Tokyo High Court decision seven years ago that defended the Education Ministry's constitutional right to dictate the contents of schoolbooks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1992 |
One of the biggest problems in teaching English to students in Japan is that they already know too many English words, according to Shunsaku Sakata, a visiting professor at Cal State Fullerton. About 30,000 Japanese words are borrowed from English, the 48-year-old professor said. He pointed around his office at Cal State Fullerton and spoke the words desk, chair, box, tissue and briefcase. All these words are the same in Japanese, he said.
March 27, 1989 |
In 1951 and 1952, before he became a newsman, Roger Mudd taught at a private boys' school in Rome, Ga. On Monday, he'll take public-TV viewers back to class as host of a five-part series examining the state of "Learning in America." Its first chapter examines, with often gloomy conclusions, how American education compares with that in Japan and other countries.
May 16, 1988 |
Most of the managers who have piloted East Asia's industrialization since World War II learned the art of management on the job, at company training courses or within the family. But now applications and enrollments at U.S.-inspired graduate business schools in East Asia are rising. Japanese corporations, which have particularly relied on in-house training, are starting to put more of their middle-level managers through master of business administration programs. And this fall, U.S.