The Meiji period lasted from 1868-1912. Explain the change over time in the state’s approach to (a) ideas and information and (b) education.
Note any laws, regulations, or events that seem to mark major turning points.
Explain how the military came to influence school curriculum.
What values did this influence aim to instill?
How might these values be similar or different to the education you received?
What did Japanese schoolchildren learn about China?
What might have been the possible outcomes of this type of racialized learning?
Identify 2-3 passages explaining the author’s conclusions on the results of these policies.
How do the author’s views on information and education reflect his broader stance toward politics?
Why might one support the author’s conclusions?
Why might one reject or complicate the author’s conclusions?
If you were responsible for setting the goals of Meiji information and education policy in the years after 1868, what policies would you have pursued? What might have been the advantages and disadvantages of your policies?