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September 26, 2002

North Wind Bows to the Rising Sun

Education Week yesterday carried an extensive article on Japan's education system, past and present. The article used the metaphor of Aesop's fable of the North Wind and the Sun to compare the high-pressure education style that worked for many years and the more relaxed "yutori kyoiku" system currently being phased in. There's also a link to a similar article from 1985 which provides an interesting historical perspective (read the article).

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