Getting started -- Why study Japanese education? -- Day-to-day routines -- Together at school, together in life -- A working vacation and special events -- The three R's, Japanese style -- The rest of the day -- Nagging, preaching, and discussions -- Enlisting mothers' efforts -- Education in Japanese society -- Themes and suggestions -- Sayonara.
Gail R. Benjamin reaches beyond predictable images of authoritarian Japanese educators and automaton schoolchildren to show the advantages and disadvantages of a system remarkably different from the American one ... -- The New York Times Book Review. Americans regard the Japanese educational system and the lives of Japanese children with a mixture of awe and indignance. We respect a system that produces higher literacy rates and superior math skills, but we reject the excesses of a system that leaves children with little free time and few outlets for creativity and self-expression. In Japanese.