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Post Reply Should U.S. schools include manga at their book fairs?
Posted 4/18/16
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I absolutely think there should be manga at book fairs. Why not? Kids should get a taste of different media from different countries. As long as it's appropriate for them it should be included in book fairs!
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Posted 4/24/16

AbasedOtaku wrote:
First of all, i apreciate that u took time to analyze my points. It feels good so i'll do the same. You can't compare shakespeare's books to manga. He lived in the UK, an English speaking country that has shared a lot more positive relationship with the US. Second, his books were handed out in the early 17th century, right between the Renaissance, and Baroque, meaning before the existence of the United States. That is a reason why they are used at schools. They poetically tell the state of minds and history of American's predecessors. Thirdly, today they are being published and purchased here in the US, not imported. Having a good education system doesn't necessarily means having happier students. Even if Japan is second in the world after South Korea the US would rather follows the way of Scandinavian countries such as Finland. Again, you can't compare the manga industry with billion of dollars well installed manufacturing companies that have a huge amount of corporate power on the government. Virtually everybody drives a car. Importing some brands actually make them cheaper. Of course you can have manga at libraries, but they won't be used as required textbooks. There are already companies that are there for it. And most of them like pearson also lobby states' government. U think u can just tell them one day to reduce their production, profits, thus their labor (laying off people) because we're going to import manga. Hahaha, good luck. I think you're right though, children are more open minded than adults so some of them would probably like them. But the question involves much more than personal feelings.

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I do not think it would work. Manga are too difficult for kids to understand. Even the simplest looking ones have always some deeper meanings associated with the way our society works, or the way it should. Whenever I read a manga or watch an anime I had as a kid, I myself get frustrated at my previous lack of sensibility. Besides, you might not notice it anymore or forgot that you used to notice it, but Japanese's style of writing and American's are worlds apart. By reading manga's at an early age, these kids could get used to this style, and might even be drawn toward reading actual Japanese novels. This would, however, creates an issue once they reach high school and start writing essays. Also, I don't see government officials and board of educations accepting to use foreign books to teach children. It would lower their image as potential educators because the pubic would complain that they're not even smart enough to create their own study tools to teach their kids. I can already see the New York Times publishing a special review titled "ARE JAPAN'S SCHOOLS BETTER THAN OUR OWN?". Adding to it, these manga would compete with others domestic industries that published learning books for children. Here's another article for you, "JAPAN'S STEALING OUR JOBS." Moreover, it's too risky for a country too. What if those kids like these manga so much that they then all want to move to Japan then?. I'm pretty sure you can guess the third article. "WARNING! JAPAN IS STEALING OUR FUTURE." There're thousands of reasons why they'll never do it, but I guess the simplest one would be that like other books, the kids just won't read them.


Let's run through a few points, shall we? If you're the lazy TL;DR arsehole then the summary is in red.

"Foreign books". Explain Shakespeare then. He's from the UK (as am I) so therefore it's a foreign book because from the USA's point of view the UK is a foreign country because it isn't the USA. As I will say again, It's not my place to say how the USA is run because I am not from the USA, but I do believe that manga from an early age will teach us these "deeper meanings" and in the UK, most of the English GCSE exam is based on finding the deeper meaning about texts like in Shakespeare and Dickens. I know this is meant to be about the USA, but if we are talking about the UK, manga should ABSOLUTELY be in schools because of this focus in exams for deeper meanings. (TL;DR: I know this is meant to be from a USA perspective, but in the UK finding deeper meanings in texts is essential to the English exam so Manga is a good way to train us for that).

'I can already see the New York Times publishing a special review titled "ARE JAPAN'S SCHOOLS BETTER THAN OUR OWN?". ' I don't think you get Japan's education system either. They're better than both the USA and the UK because it is so competitive. Fuck me, the 1st of September is the most common day for teen suicide because of how competitive and rigorous school is there. (TL;DR: Japan's education system is so "good" because they drive teens to kill themselves with pressure)

'Here's another article for you, "JAPAN'S STEALING OUR JOBS." Moreover, it's too risky for a country too.' Maybe we can teach native English speakers to draw manga, then Japan would not be stealing the ONLY job they're stealing: Anime and Manga. Cars are another industry they are good at but the Germans do it better, so it's basically just Anime and Manga that they steal. (TL;DR: Japan is stealing fuck all jobs, all the other industries they are good at are either done better by other countries. Anime is the only job they steal)

"There're thousands of reasons why they'll never do it, but I guess the simplest one would be that like other books, the kids just won't read them." Manga is essentially a Japanese comic. Kids tend to love comics. They'll read Manga because it has pictures in and isn't a whole lot of words. This is essentially visual learning at its finest! (TL;DR: Manga has pictures. Kids love pictures. Don't give me the "Kids just won't read them." bollocks.)


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