8/4/2005

In Japan, critics of reforms that cut the school week back from six days to five and added a new cross-disciplinary problem-solving class point to polls showing students have slipped in reading and science as proof the new curriculum is failing. Supporters of the lenient system cite another study showing average scores are, for the most part, up for all grades in social studies and math. They say it's too early to consider changing the three-year-old program.

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