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The rhetoric is building. The nation, pundits proclaim, is moving rapidly into a future dominated by high technology, where working men and women will trade in their hard hats for keyboards.
Increasingly, friends as well as foes of the public schools are turning to the Japanese educational system as a model for reform. But after having spent three weeks observing that system recently, I see some irony in this move to transport successful schooling across the Pacific.
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