chapter  3
32 Pages

Japanese Education and Its Role in Kaizen

ByJennifer Yukiko Orf

Ask a typical American how they picture a Japanese classroom, and the response is likely to be a description of rows of highly pressured and identical children mechanically performing drills under the strict eye of their teacher, who stifles each child's individuality and demands conformity from his pupils. These children, compared with their counterparts in the United States, may be able to achieve much higher scores on international comparative tests, but this is at the cost of their creativity and individuality—characteristics that we Americans strive to foster in our children.