Change to ethics textbook has bakeries up in arms

Apr 18, 2017

Change to ethics textbook has bakeries up in arms

Controversy has been brewing after mention of a bakery in an elementary school ethics textbook was changed to a Japanese wagashi confectioner in response to suggestions from the education ministry that the publisher highlight “respect for tradition and culture.” Bakeries are furious and are ...

Japan's private schools fill a niche but at a cost

| Apr 17, 2017

Japan's private schools fill a niche but at a cost

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The saga of scandal-plagued, Osaka-based Moritomo Gakuen, which advocated a nationalist education, has thrown the spotlight on private educational institutions in Japan and how they are operated. While Japan’s public elementary, junior high and high schools are often praised internationally for their quality, especially ...

Million-dollar teachers: Cashing in by selling their lessons

/ Apr 16, 2017

Million-dollar teachers: Cashing in by selling their lessons

Miss Kindergarten is in the million-dollar club. So are Lovin Lit, the Moffatt Girls and about a dozen other teacher-entrepreneurs who are spinning reading, math, science and social studies into gold by selling their lesson plans online to fellow teachers around the world. Despite ...

Naraha sees three schools return from nuclear exile in Fukushima

Apr 6, 2017

Naraha sees three schools return from nuclear exile in Fukushima

Two elementary schools and a junior high school returned to their hometown in Fukushima Prefecture on Thursday six years after being forced to flee radiation spewed by the March 2011 nuclear disaster. Around 90 students attended the joint opening ceremony at the new building ...

/ Apr 5, 2017

New U.S. spelling bee rules aim to prevent T-I-E-S

Scripps National Spelling Bee winners aced “gesellschaft” and “feldenkrais” to be named co-champions of last year’s competition, but it was the word “tie” that gave organizers a headache. On Tuesday, the contest revealed new rules aimed at preventing ties after the annual competition ended ...