By Billy Hammond (Copyright AELS)

November 9, 2019

The Japanese government is embroiled in a controversy regarding subjecting prospective university students to English exams developed and graded by private companies.

In addition, the move to introduce English education in elementary schools has been underway for the past few years.

My question is, “Is this really helpful for everyone?”

Some kids are quick learners and will suck up knowledge like vacuum cleaners, while others struggle to master even a single lesson in class. Why should English take priority over learning Japanese? Learning a second language at the grade school level takes time away from studying subjects like Japanese and arithmetic that the student will absolutely need later in life.

Perhaps it’s time to rethink priorities and prevent wash-outs who are failures in all subjects due to being forced to have study extraneous subjects like English.

In a like vein, perhaps college entry exams that require English should be restricted to those that require it for mastery of a major and exempted for those majoring in subjects like Japanese.

皆に英語教育?

日本政府は現在、企業提供の英語検定大学入試試験問題にはまっている。それに伴って、小学校での英語教育はこの過去数年間に前進している。

私の頭に浮かんで来る質問は「これは本当に皆のためになるか?

小学生の賢い子なら掃除機のように知識を脳に吸い込むが、そうではない子は1科目を覚えるには大変苦労する。その環境の中ではなぜ英語を導入するかが不思議だ。その年齢なら一生必要となる国語や算数に集中する方は大切ではないか?

優先順位を考え直す時期が来ただと思う。さもないと不要な英語教育に費やした時間による全科目の失敗学生が次々生まれる。

同様に、英語を求める大学入試試験を国語や英語不必要な専攻から外すべきだと思う。

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English novels by Billy Hammond published by AELS

(AELS出版英語書籍リスト)

 

I. Majoh Gakuin and Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools Trilogy

1. Majoh Gakuin & Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools

2. Lost Witch (The second book)

3. Fate & Magic (The final book in the trilogy)

II. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire Trilogy

1. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire

2. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Returns

3. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Challenges (The final book in the trilogy)

III. Fantasy fiction set in Japan

1. 21st Century Ninja

2. Regressed

3. Japanese Woman

IV. Fantasy fiction set outside of Japan

1. Dimension Jumpers

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