Thats all well and fine if we were isolationists but in todays global economy we can no longer accept that we are the leaders in anything including education.
Effort expended has to increase in order to make our education system better and this effort means longer working hours for teachers and students.
Yes education is stressful, especially in Japan because getting into college is COMPETITIVE and not everyone makes it. We need to get back to that instead of dumbing down our system in the hopes that more will pass.
We are way too far behind in math science and technology already
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