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Why do American students do so much poorer than Japanese students in school?




   Why do American teenagers do so much poorer, in general, than 
   Japanese teenagers in school?  It is just a matter of 
   attitudes, outlooks and values.  American teenagers are 
   preoccupied with dating, sex, parties and fun.  Japanese 
   teenagers are serious-minded and determined to learn.  That is 
   the whole difference.  One is inclined towards a course of fun 
   and pleasure and the other inclined towards a course of self-
   discipline and work.  One is light-hearted and the other is 
   serious.  Why the big difference in the attitudes of the youth 
   of these two countries?  It is, at the very bottom, due to the 
   difference in the cultures of the two countries.  It is due to 
   differences in the attitudes, outlooks and values that 
   characterize the two cultures.  The American culture is a very 
   permissive, soft, pleasure-oriented culture.  The Japanese 
   culture is an authoritarian, hard-working culture that 
   emphasizes self-denial, self-discipline, perseverance and hard 
   work.  And these cultural differences are manifested in the 
   school systems of the two countries just as they are manifested 
   in other facets of the societies. 
                                                                  

   Jan 1987


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