Re: U.S. education

Tibor Benke (benke@SFU.CA)
Sat, 16 Apr 1994 11:07:44 -0700

Dear Stacy,

You ask, based on a claim:

>Why is it that Japan has become the best in the world for education, leaving
>the United States at the bottom of the ranks? Does anybody have an answer
>or a thought on the question?
> Please respond if you have any idea on the matter.

Is Japanese education the best ? Even if one ignores the suicide rate
among its victims, the Japanese, themselves, want to copy the Americans
because they acknowledge that the Japanese system doesn't seeem to produce
enough creative people.

In any case, their national culture is much more homogenous then North
American culture, so one would expect them to do better, were it possible
to define what good education is. Unfortunately 'to educate' conjugates
strangely: we educate, you indoctrinate, they brainwash.

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>@> Department of Sociology and Anthropology
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