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High-Stakes SchoolingWhat We Can Learn from Japan's Experiences with Testing, Accountability, and Education Reform$
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Christopher Bjork

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226309385

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226309552.001.0001

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Nurturing Enthusiasm in Elementary School Students

Nurturing Enthusiasm in Elementary School Students

(p.81) Five Nurturing Enthusiasm in Elementary School Students
High-Stakes Schooling

Christopher Bjork

University of Chicago Press

Chapter five looks closely at the specific challenges relaxed education presented to Japanese elementary schools, and documents their impact on the learning opportunities provided to children. Evidence presented in this chapter indicates that elementary school teachers cultivated the academic abilities and mental dispositions identified by both conservative and progressive critics as those required for success in contemporary society. The analysis provided indicates that elementary teachers managed to meet the goals for yutori kyoiku precisely because they were not subject to the examination pressures pervasive in secondary schools.

Keywords:   elementary school, challenges, academic abilities, conservative critics, progressive critics, contemporary society, examination pressures

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