The debate over privately managed exams for university admissions will make little difference because of the limitations of all standardized tests.
For Walt Gardner's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
When it comes to meeting the needs of children with disabilities, the contrast between Japan and the United States is jarring.
A recent Tokyo High Court decsion unwittingly affirmed that students possess more free speech rights than teachers.
The results of tests of international competition have long been the sole basis for ranking a country's schools, but these tests fail to provide a complete picture.
Despite its politically incorrect connotation today, patriotism is essential in any democratic society.
English-language teachers in Japan can learn from athletic coaches.
If Japan wants to recruit and retain top English-speaking talent to the front of the classroom, it needs to ensure non-Japanese teachers are treated fairly.
Overhauling the curriculum to better prepare students for the future is commendable, but only if the changes are grounded in reality.
Children who go to class without a good night's sleep and nourishing breakfast cannot possibly learn as much as their classmates.
Admission into nursery school is no assurance of a quality education.