By Alex Kerr
A extraordinary evaluation of the mess ups and successes of recent Japan.
In Dogs and Demons, Alex Kerr chronicles the numerous elements of Japan's fresh, and protracted, crises -- from the failure of its banks and pension cash to the decline of its as soon as fabulous smooth cinema. he's the 1st to offer a whole document at the nation's endangered surroundings -- its beaches coated with concrete, its roads resulting in nowhere within the mountains -- in addition to its "monument frenzy," the destruction of outdated towns comparable to Kyoto and development of drab new ones, and the attendant cave in of its vacationer undefined. Kerr writes with humor and fervour, for "passion," he says, "is a part of the tale. thousands of jap believe as heartbroken at what's going as I do. My eastern associates inform me, 'Please write this -- for us.'"
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Although he does cite part of the extensive corpus of work conducted by Stevenson and his group, he concentrates on only one work, The Learning Gap , which was specifically written for a very general audience . This willingness to believe in a vast conspiracy that aims to distort the educational picture in Japan reveals the political sub-text of Bracey 's work and the work of others. The reasoning goes that because Stevenson and his colleagues do not excoriate Japan, they are "soft" on Japan, visiting schools that "only the government wishes them to see" (Bracey, 1996:7).
Teaching and Learning in Japan . New York: Cambridge University Press, pp. 190-212 and I. S. and Japanese Classroom s. D. Dissertation. School of Education, University of California, Berkeley. S. teachers lack. Japanese can refer their students to lessons encountered previously, and they can lead their students toward connections with their previous studies. Japanese teachers also have access to information in teachers' manuals about the questions and misconceptions that students are likely to bring up.
190-212 and I. S. and Japanese Class rooms. D. Dissertation. School of Education, University of California. Berkeley.