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Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010


Higher education system at issue


In his Sept. 2 letter, "Paternalistic view of universities," Peter Hourdequin says my Aug. 17 article, "Saving Japan's Universities," was paternalistic. (Regardless of what the headline said) I was not trying to save the universities, many of which do very well charging fat fees for mediocre education. I was criticizing the university education system here.

If that is paternalism, then the many Japanese educators who are equally or even more critical than I was are also guilty. It was they who coined the broad-brush term "leisure land" to describe the system. I was at least prepared to admit that there are quite a few mid-ranking universities trying to do better.

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