I agree with Asia Dobbs’ main point that secondary education in Japan would do better to value diversity more (“To create an immigrant-friendly Japan, start with education reform” in the Sept. 12 edition). However, the article portrays some aspects of education in Japan as distinctive when they are not, and sometimes it is simply inaccurate.
Dobbs calls the fact that the Japanese government sets a national curriculum “censorship.” Many countries set a national curriculum for their schools, and it is a system that has many advantages. It does not imply shaping children into conformity.
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