As in this era, Japan has started a new trend in the education
system. This new system has destroyed
the creativity of the students. The students are so passive and non-responsive in
Japan. Recently, one of my bright Japanese students
returned from North America to once again study at his old university in Japan.
He was shocked at the passivity of the students. He hadn't realized how
passive, non-responsive, and void of opinions Japanese university students were.He said that
in America, he studied with students from all over the world and he enjoyed
hearing and expressing his opinion with others. He couldn't understand how the
students of Japan were so passive and quiet. He expressed the desire to go back
to America as soon as possible to study there. Many Japanese who have lived
abroad have said the same thing.
It is not only the students who are having a difficult time; the
teachers are too. Many have to take time off work due to stress, while others
create a life of drudgery for their pupils. Many Japanese seem to have lost
their love for education and learning once they enroll in junior high school.
Indeed, too much test-taking may result in shallow learning and a negative
feeling toward school.