Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Japan Dumbs Down Its Universities - Bloomberg View

"Essentially, Japan's government just ordered all of the country's public universities to end education in the social sciences, the humanities and law. 

The order, issued in the form of a letter from Hakubun Shimomura, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, is non-binding. The country's two top public universities have refused to comply. But dozens of public schools are doing as the government has urged. At most of these universities, there will be no more economics majors, no more law students, no more literature or sociology or political science students. It's a stunning, dramatic shift, and it deserves more attention than it's receiving. 

It is also a very bad sign for Japan, for a number of reasons. "



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