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May 20, 2004

Many Parents Unsure About Primary School English

The Gendai Kyoiku Shimbun recently published the results of a survey that asked readers what they thought of introducing English education in elementary school. In response, 74.6&337; of parents said they "agreed or "somewhat agreed", while 25.2% were "opposed" to the idea or "have doubts" about it. But when looking at the answers given by parents who have children either in or yet to enter elementary school, the negative response rate jumps to 41.6%. Many said they would prefer their children to attend English classes outside of school, or that the school curriculum should help children develop a natural interest in foreign culture rather than just teach language.
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