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Nearly one in three elementary schools suffer from “classroom collapse,” in which disruptions occur because students refuse to follow teachers’ orders, according to a recent survey by the National Institute for Educational Policy Research.

In the survey — the first large-scale study of its kind on classroom collapse — 32 percent of elementary school teachers across Japan said they experienced disorderly classrooms in the last school year and 26 percent of principals admitted facing the same lack of discipline.

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