The history of education in Japan

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Anarchy in the classroom
Mainichi Shimbun, 15 September 1999. An interim report issued by the Classroom Management Research Council suggests that maintaining order in the classroom has become a serious issue and that some classes have not been able to function as they are expected to
Falling academic standards a sign of the times
By Isao Miyazawa, Mainichi Shimbun, Wednesday 8 December 1999. An Education Ministry white paper says that some college students cannot solve even a fractional equation, but there is nothing you can do to alter the alarming decline. It blamed the falling standard on the increasing number of students who go on to higher education.
School reform
Mainichi Shimbun, 8 January 2000. After World War II, Japan made make a concerted national effort to rely on a uniform, strong, and centralized controlled, school system to nurture masses of standardized workers. It was effective, and a work force with high academic standards catapulted the nation into an economic power. But from the beginning of the 1980s, cracks began to appear.
College reform
Mainichi Shimbun, 29 February 2000. Attempts by national universities to form consortiums are ways of responding to the new challenges faced by colleges and universities as the era of rapid expansion of higher education draws to a close. Many colleges are going to be weeded out. Strategies to compete.