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The Educational System in Japan: Case Study Findings (from the ed.gov site)
History of Japanese Education from the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Japan Fact Sheet
History of Education in Japan (Wikipedia)
Teaching is a Cultural Activity by James Stigler & James Hiebert
Getting an education in Tokyo; from kindergarten to college, the opportunities for an English-language education in Tokyo have never been better. But how do you make the right choice? – International Education by John Dod
Tips for Finding an International School Tips for Finding an International School by Japan Inc
Full copies of the international and national PISA reports are available on the SEC website . International studies provide comparable data to the participating countries highlighting their education systems position at the global level, and identifying the weaknesses and strengths. This allows the participating countries to build on the shortcomings and hence building world-class education systems.
A World Apart, Metropolis magazine is a Jan 8, 2004 article that looks at a new type of Tokyo goverment schools that cater to parents of the international community, featuring the Tokyo Metropolitan Kokusai High School and the now recently Tokyo Metropolitan Government Kitatama Kokusai High School.
Foreign Students in the Japanese University Scroll down this pdf document to read the article at page 6.
MEXT’s efforts in improving Science & Technology literacy in schools detailed here* (including the designation of 167 Super Science High Schools (SSHs) which receive the support of the JST to conduct R&D into curriculums. The schools are able to offer advanced scientific coursework and labs with sophisticated equipment with the funding support of JST.
“Japan’s Education at a Glance 2005”, statistics available here.
If you download the first section, “School Education”, it has official
figures and tables for the following, with figures from 1980s to 2005:
1. Trends in Occurrence of Acts of Violence in Schools
2. Trends in Bullying Cases
3. Trends in Number of Students Who Refuse to Attend Schools
4. Trends in Number of Upper Secondary School Dropouts
Also info on freeters, number of foreign students, etc. Also note that more specific figures relating to the tables are given at the back of the ‘book’, in the ‘References’ section if you download the whole thing.
At the Child Research.net website may be found a number of monograph reports examining educational issues of current concern to Japan today:
Also see the figures for “children of compulsory age not attending school” (tables for those permitted exemption and for those counted as ‘long absentees’) going back to 1950s.
Wandering Education, The Waseda Guardian, 2005 on elite education and the failure of yutori education.
Music and the Mind Read about the connection between music and academic achievement and the similarities in the music curriculum of Hungary, Netherlands and Japan in public schools.
See this page for a simple table of ‘number of students refusing to attend school F.Y 1991-2004″ (note that the figs are for kids absent for 50 or more days until 1991, then they changed the definition to kids absent for 30 or more days.
Is Japan Getting Bored with English? Let’s hope so! 2006 marks the 4th straight decline in the number of foreign English teachers brought in by the program after a peak in 2002.
Kids Web Japan one of the coolest websites for kids on Japan.
Elementary and Secondary Education: International Perspectives at pp.99 & 100 are some surprising comparisons and observations the relatively more challenging lessons and active teaching methods used in Japan (and Germany) are responsible for the good TIMSS showing.
Activist-groups where your views on education, among other issues, can sometimes be made heard include:
Anyone Can Learn About RAMI High School, a free school
Societal Responses to Stratification Societal Responses to Stratification
Putting Their Money Where Their Mouths Are About English eikaiwa
Common Sense Education About Kyoto International School’s philosophy
HIM From the Village About Yamazato no terakoya / School of the Mountain Village’s programme
European School aka German School
Foreign Influence About the use of loanwords in the Japanese language
121Sensei.com a website for English teachers for private students, gives the history of English teaching in Japan.
Gaijinpot.com has a page detailing briefly the schooling options for a newly arrived family.
Teaching Superstars about super teachers at jukus
Education in Japan A thesis on the topic
Lessons From Abroad Lessons From Abroad explains the differences between the amount of core academic instruction that goes on between the US, Germany and Japan and mentioning the consequences of jukus on performance
Japanese Education the Wrong Answer, The Economist
New Style English Primary School for Fukuoka it’s called Linden Hall
All English School A Hit Ota International Academy
NHK educational channel: NHK provides an educational channel which is used by 85 percent of elementary schools in Japan. Our tour guide explained that NHK works with the Japanese Education Ministry to “see what we can provide to support the curriculum.” Our tour guide estimated that NHK’s education channel is viewed between 10 and 15 minutes per class on average. Japanese aged 7 years and older watch, on average, 4 hours of television every day (according to the NHK study) – “Television in Japan” by Ron Kaufman
HOSA Homeschool Support of Association
New Day Language School offers great ESL links.
Japan Guide’s Japan Guide’s information page on Education in Japan
Kids on Campus – an Optimal Japanese Concept. About developing “deep knowledge” through optimal learning activities and environments, eg. IT classes, in various Japanese schools and afterschools.
List of private universities at this link.
Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Institute of Higher Education’s ranking of the world’s top 500 universities. Their findings are published at their rankings page.
“Mass education was always conducted by private schools, but with time, some governmental institutes enrolled gifted ordinary people. In Japan it can be said that private schools have always led the way in improving the social status of the ordinary population.” – Wataru Hasegawa in Japan’s System of Post-Secondary Institutions explains the history of universities and other post-secondary institutions in Japan.