Educational difference – by Eric

This week I stopped reading books for a while and started to compile data and compare them to the education in US. There are seriously infinite things to talk about and compare. Starting from kindergarten, parents have different attitudes towards what kids should learn. The schedule is different and what subject and how they are taught differ in various ways too.

Aside from compiling information from the books I read, I also searched for recent news concerning education systems. There are a wide range of news out there, and I found a article particularly interesting on The New York Times. It discusses what Japan’s Education Minister Hakubun Shimomora is working on right now to make Japanese education system better. Mr. Shimomura pointed out the flaws of education, especially the inflexibility and the admission processes in Japan. He emphasized how Japanese education don’t fit for a place to foster global talents. Japanese students on average excel from elementary school to junior high school level in academics in comparison to their American counterparts. However, when it comes to higher education, universities in the US are considered to be much better. In order to change, Mr. Shimomura presented three main areas that Japan needs to work on.

The first one is to attract foreign faculty and enrich the community of education with fresh perspectives. The second one is to change the admissions process, especially to universities. The unified one time test is simply not suitable way for students to decided important career paths. The last one is how government and universities can work with each other to develop a more diverse student pool and talents. The students in the universities are the future, and strengthening their ability to resolve problems in multiple standpoints and to cooperate internationally is essential.

— Eric Lin

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