National Aug 28, 2013

Lower-ranked prefectures' students see improved achievement tests

Achievement tests given last April indicate elementary and junior high school students in lower-ranked prefectures improved their learning performance, a recent education ministry report found. The achievement tests for the 2013 academic year through March 2014 centered on two subjects — Japanese language and arithmetic ...

Forum stresses career benefits of study abroad

National Aug 28, 2013

Forum stresses career benefits of study abroad

by Kazuaki Nagata

Japanese students should buck the stay-at-home trend and instead study overseas to gain skills to survive in an ever more globalized and competitive world, experts and former international students said at a recent forum on overseas study in Tokyo. Those skills include not only languages ...

National Aug 25, 2013

Lawyers to support bullying victims

A nationwide group of lawyers with expertise in school bullying will be established this year to better support victims, a source said Sunday. Yoshikuni Noguchi, a lawyer in Hyogo Prefecture, said he and other lawyers will hold a preparatory meeting in Nagoya later this week ...

Foreign colleges feel globalization-excluded

National Aug 16, 2013

Foreign colleges feel globalization-excluded

by Ayako Mie

As Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pursues deregulation, the "third arrow" of his "Abenomics" economic plan, Temple University's Japan campus is closely watching to see if he will create a more favorable situation for foreign schools here by granting them the same tax perks and ...

Obama pushes Net access for schools

World / Politics Aug 14, 2013

Obama pushes Net access for schools

President Barack Obama liked the idea laid out in a memo from his staff: an ambitious plan to expand high-speed Internet access in schools that would allow students to use digital notebooks and teachers to customize lessons like never before. Better yet, the president ...

National Jul 11, 2013

New prep school to groom for top colleges abroad

The Kawaijuku cram school chain plans to create a joint junior high and high school that emphasizes English-language education with the aim of sending students to top foreign universities, Kawaijuku officials said Thursday. Kawaijuku Educational Institution will operate the new school jointly with Tokyo Gakuen ...

Editorials Jul 9, 2013

Supporting less fortunate children

A law passed unanimously by the Upper House will test the central government's will to support education for poor children and to help low-income parents find jobs.

World Jun 29, 2013

School achievement gap shrinks for U.S. minorities

America's 9-year-olds and 13-year-olds are posting better scores in math and reading tests than their counterparts did 40 years ago, and the achievement gap between white students and those of color is narrowing, according to federal government data released Thursday. The scores — collected regularly ...