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Schools teach ethics, but risk undervaluing diversity

  • April 23, 2018
  • , NHK
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NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported that ethics education in 22 areas including patriotism, family love, self-control, and abiding by rules officially became part of the curriculum for elementary schools starting this April. The program said some teachers feel that teaching specific values is difficult due to the increasing diversity of the Japanese population. An expert warned that the spirit of honoring diversity in Japan may be undermined if teachers try to “teach” or “force” certain values on children.

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