In this Wide Angle segment, learn what it'slike to be a student beginning school in Japan. We see Ken entering first grade and then later we see him in third grade. He has attended day care since he was one year old, so he was well prepared for first grade. In the past, Japanese children were under a great deal of pressure in school, but in recent years the Japanese government has relaxed the requirements. As a result, there is no longer school on Saturdays and elementary schools cover about 30 percent less material than they did 10 years ago. One thing has not changed, however. In Japanese culture it is considered valuable and important for teams to work together. As students, children are expected to work together in groups, too.
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