Shogun’s Ghost: The Dark Side of Japanese Education

By Ken Schoolland

Pub: Bergin & Garvey (1990/9/21)

  • ISBN-10: 0897892186
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897892186
  • Available for 8,060 yen at

    Publisher’s review: An account based on personal experience of Japanese education which describes the pervasive problems in lower-level colleges – unruly classrooms, lack of discipline and regular cheating. The author also examines the phenomenon of depression, suicide and violence in schools and questions the myth of a unified, homogeneous society.

    From Publishers Weekly
    The superiority of Japan’s education system is a myth credibly exploded in this first-person account by an American who taught in colleges there for five years. In contrast to the American perception of a monolithic structure of excellence in Japanese schools, the author’s classrooms were comprised of students in general disarray and uninterested in education, given to cheating and influence peddling. Schoolland buttresses his observation of an “educational system under attack from all corners of Japanese society” with critiques from parents whose children have suffered from teachers who use physical punishment, and reports of student deaths from abuse of power. The author, who now teaches in Hawaii, sounds a warning to U.S. educators who would establish a school system based on the Japanese model.
    Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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