Saturday, March 12, 2005

We Are Shocked!

We are shocked, simply shocked, to learn that Japanese students are no longer among the best in the world when it come to achievement:

Findings that the performance of Japanese children in reading and other skills are no longer among the best in the world were acknowledged by the Education, Science and Technology Ministry's white paper for fiscal 2004.

The paper, released Friday, follows findings reported by two international surveys in December.

A number of observations were mentioned in the paper, such as that the number of children interested in studying is on the decline and that they are spending more time watching television after school than studying. The paper concludes declining academic performance has to do with decreased motivation among students for learning and developing proper study habits.

Who would've thought? Maybe the Japanese will get their own version of the No Child Left Behind Act.

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