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October 02, 2006

English: Cake or Sweets?

Bunmei Ibuki, Japan's new Education Minister, reflected upon his views towards English education in public schools again this past Friday. He noted that core subjects such as Japanese should come first in a young one's education, referring to such fundamental courses as "protein and starch". English classes, in contrast, were "delicious cakes and Japanese-style sweets", to be had only if Japanese students still had an appetite for them after learning the core subjects. He noted again that, "Children should be taught English conversation from the alphabet only after they have acquired the minimum good grounding in Japanese."

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