The Japanese education system could be changed by making morals a formal subject for primary and middle schools. A governmental panel has decided to call on the government to include morals classes in Japanese schools.
The Education Rebuilding Implementation Council intends to improve students’ emotional education by recommending teaching morals. The recommendation is included in a report on measures against bullying and corporal punishment, which will be complied at the end of this month.
The panel is led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and chaired by Kaoru Kamata, the president of Waseda University.
The council met on Friday at the Prime Minister’s Office. “It is important to improve moral education from the viewpoint of what is necessary to foster children’s social morality and rich humanity,” Abe said during the meeting.
“A majority of panel members agreed that morals should be a regular subject. No opposition was expressed. We plan to compile the report based on this situation,” Kamata added.
In the report, the government is suggested to make morals a formal subject in schools when the official curriculum guidelines will be revised in 2018, according to the international press.
Currently, morals is not a regular subject in the curriculum.
Teachers unions are expected to protest against making morals a formal subject, motivating that the state’s values would be imposed on children.