It is authoritarianism, collectivism, and bureaucracy in the system and people's mind that prevent the Japanese education from being creative and inspiring; the top-down procedures in everything, the order-obey principle throughout the hierarchical system from the MEXT to individual schools, the national curriculum guideline regulates what should be taught in each grade very precisely instead of autonomy given to teachers, the ever-intensifying exam competition for evaluation of students' academic achievement among prefectures, the poor budget being decreasing to less than 5 percent of GDP, the entrance exam system, the mass class (maximum 40 students in one class according to the law),etc. all those things make teaching contents and lessons rigid, hinder teachers' ingenious and flexible ideas for students, and cause various problems in school such as bullying, neglect of learning, and misbehaviors of students'.
The lack of flexibility and autonomy of both teachers and students, the poor budget and resources, and the excess competition of the paper exam score impede the Japanese educational situations.
Especially about foreign language teaching, the high school guideline strongly suggests that teachers should teach English lessons using English not Japanese. If teachers obey it without any thorough consideration, their lessons will deteriorate. It even can be said that that is violation of student' rights for learning.
You may be surprised that nowadays junior high school English textbooks are plenty of so conversational and everyday life contents. But the practical contents do not necessarily work as strong motivation for students' learning in such a monolingual society. にほんブログ村