In this dismantling of the myth of Japanese "quality education", McVeigh investigates the consequences of what happens when statistical and corporatist forces monopolize the purpose of schooling and the boundary between education and employment is blurred.
1. Introduction: The Potemkin Factor 2. Myths, Mendacity, and Methodology 3. State, Nation, Capital, and Examinations: The Shattering of Knowledge 4. Gazing and Guiding: Japan's Education-Examination Regime 5. Schooling for Silence: The Sociopsychology of Student Apathy 6. Japanese Higher Education as Simulated Schooling 7. Self-Orientalism through Occidentalism: How "English" and "Foreigners" Nationalize Japanese Students 8. "Playing Dumb": Students Who Pretend Not to Know 9. Lessons Learned in Higher Education 10. The Price of Simulated Schooling and "Reform" Appendix A B C