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November 25, 2002

School System Sapping Student Spirit

A recent survey of elementary to senior high school students shows that their interest in study and belief in its future usefulness declines steadily as they move through the education system. The survey of 950 students in grades 4 to 12 was carried out by the Asahi Shimbun and the Kumon Child Research Center in October and November. 52% of 4th-year elementary school respondents answered that they "like" or "somewhat like" studying, while the figure dropped to 26% for 2nd-year junior high schoolers. When asked how useful they thought study was for their future, 95% of the youngest students answered "very" or "somewhat" useful, but the number decreased with each school year and for high school seniors was only 60%.

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