An article in the Guardian Unlimited gives a good overview of the Law of Education overhaul, but it's a bit like complaining that television is not good because there are too many commercials. The fact is that TV has very few redeeming qualities at all, and to pick out messages from the sponsors totally misses the point. The sponsors of public education in Japan want their say, and they will have it. "Love us, support us, obey us," is the message, and if you want the product, in this case an education for your children, then you'll have to sit through it. If parents want to abrogate their responsibility for their children and expect the schools to do it all for them, then that is the price. 2/3 of the population support the reforms, by the way.
Guardian Unlimited | World dispatch | A touchy subject