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For Walt Gardner's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Feb 12, 2015

Preparing students for the global economy

It's not uncommon for teachers in Japan to teach a subject well enough but for their stale techniques to teach students to hate the subject for life. That's why it's so important for Japan to move away from its obsession with testing.

Dec 20, 2014

A better way to spend yen on schools

Japan's Finance Ministry wants to increase the number of students in each class to save ¥8.6 billion in personnel costs. This will result in 3,325 schools being shuttered and up to 4,000 teachers cashiered. A good idea perhaps, but why not prioritize spending on ...