Friday, February 15, 2008

Japanese Education returns to basics

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TOKYO – Japanese schoolchildren will spend more time on core subjects such as math and science under guidelines unveiled on Friday, in an effort to boost academic standards months after the country slipped in global education rankings.

The changes, to be implemented gradually from next year, reverse reforms implemented in 2000 to create a more 'relaxed' environment that would foster creativity and reduce rote learning.