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It's funny about Asia.  I teach in Japan, and see the same lack of motivation here as elsewhere.  Since the bubble burst and Japan has been on a more level economic trajectory, the payoff for hard-core grinding has simply disappeared, and it's reflected in the younger generations.  A distinct majority simply doesn't want to go through the miserable and soul-destroying level of study necessary in the "traditional" educational track, so they don't.  The life you get in return isn't that much better than the life you'd get otherwise, and the traditional educational track more or less demands that one skip out on being a teenager and doing all the age-typical fun teenage stuff - all for the promise of working in a miserable office job in the future.
by Zwackus on Sun Jan 26th, 2014 at 07:40:03 PM EST
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