Japan looks to India for a better way to learn

At the Little Angels English Academy & International Kindergarten, the textbooks are from India, most of the teachers are South Asian, and classroom posters depict animals out of Indian tales, including dancing elephants in plumed turbans. The kindergarten students even color maps of India in the green and saffron of its flag.

But Little Angels is situated in this Tokyo suburb, and only one of its 45 students is Indian. Most are Japanese.

Despite an improved economy, Japan is suffering a crisis of confidence these days about its ability to compete with its emerging Asian rivals, China and India. One result has been a growing craze for Indian education. New York Times, January 2, 2008. Read the whole article…

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