Japan tar efter Indien

I takt med fallande elevresultat i PISA-studierna i matematik och naturvetenskap letar Japan efter förebilder från Indien som kan hjälpa till att vända den negativa trenden, skriver Herald Tribune i en artikel.

Most annoying for many Japanese is that the aspects of Indian education they now praise are similar to those that once made Japan famous for its work ethic and discipline: learning more at an earlier age, a heavier reliance on rote memorization and cramming, and a stronger focus on the basics, particularly in math and science.

More demanding Indian education standards ... Its 2-year-old pupils are taught to count to 20, the 3-year-olds are introduced to computers, and the 5-year-olds learn to multiply, solve math word problems and write one-page essays in English - tasks that most Japanese schools do not teach until at least second grade.

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