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High-Stakes Schooling
Author: Christopher Bjork

ISBN: 9780226309415
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 17 November 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.6 x 15.0 x 1.8
In a time when high-stakes testing is changing the culture of American schools, Christopher Bjork has been following the effects of new education reforms in Japan that push in the opposite direction-reforms that are moving schoolsaway from testing to try to institute a new "relaxed" school culture. For years, the Japanese education system has been held up as a model deserving emulation. Why would a system that was enjoying such success undertake such an ambitious reform project? Could a system anchored by an examination regime that produced cohesion and dependability-but also great stress-be reshaped to nurture children's individuality, creativity, and intellectual curiosity?

Over a six-year period, Bjork traveled around Japan interviewing students, parents, teachers, administrators, academics, and Ministry officials about their experiences. What he discovered is that, though "relaxed education" is now mandated, Japan's stressful, high-stakes testing culture has essentially become part of the national culture-despite the country's dissatisfaction with a nation of stressed-out children, the system appears to be...

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