THE EDUCATED UNEDUCATED: In the face of destruction, Japan stands tall
I WOULD like to make this comment in connection with the debate on the educated uneducated in the letters pages of the NST.
In our quest for "The true meaning of education" (NST, June 11), I suggest that we study the curriculum of schools in Japan.
The world has witnessed how well its victims of the tsunami have behaved: no looting, queuing up for their rations, collecting stuff from the demolished homes and arranging labelled boxes neatly in a hall for owners to claim them. What amazing role models they are.
I even read about a journalist who took pity on a frail little boy standing behind him in a queue and offered to exchange places with him. The boy declined.
There were other cases of people waiting their turns patiently.
Such standards of behaviour have to be the result of a precious education that has fostered age-old values they never lost sight of.
Let's be humble and wise enough to learn from all worthy role models.