Gillian Friedman

For Gillian Friedman's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Reader Mail Jul 24, 2011

Education or indoctrination?

In early June, Japan's Supreme Court ruled that it is constitutional for a school principal to order teachers to stand and sing the national anthem "Kimigayo," echoing a May 30 ruling by the court for a similar edict issued by the Tokyo Board of ...

Reader Mail Mar 6, 2011

Good outlook for English classes

Takahiro Fukada's Feb. 26 article, "Are schools ready for English?," accentuates elementary school teachers' concerns about teaching English as a compulsory subject to fifth- and sixth-grade students from the beginning of the new academic year. University professors express anxiety about the number of classes, ...