If nothing, Japanese students will become stronger if they don’t become smarter. The Japanese government’s council on revitalizing education has proposed that doubling the thickness of textbooks will produce smarter students, and those with back problems from carrying them.
Well to be fair, they are only hoping to change the amount of information for English, science and Japanese text books. The council is headed by Keio University President Yuichiro Anzai. Ever since a more relaxed education policy was introduced in the 1990s, Japan has seen scores decline.
So what’s going to be filling those extra pages? The council wants more examples of famous literary writings and exercises included in the textbooks. While this move is not final, don’t be surprised to see it happen in the near future.
Yomiuri via FG.