Japan considers school an important steppingstone in their lives. It is why there are 210 school day in Japan (compared to the U.S. which only has 180 days). Even though there are many similarities in the Japanese education system to those in other countries, there is a lot that makes this system the best in the world.
Bright Side has discovered what makes the Japanese system stand out from the rest and we are happy to share that information with you. You can also find a bonus at the bottom of this article.
1. The act of sleeping is regarded as a sign that you are devoted.
Because schools have very strict schedules, it is common to fall asleep in Japan. In Japan, sleeping in class is not considered disrespectful or lazy, as in other countries.
2. Japanese children don't have to take exams until they reach the fourth grade.
Although it may seem strange, Japanese schools place manners above knowledge. Their goal in the first three years is to build their children's character and teach them good manners, rather than judge their knowledge. They are taught to be kind, compassionate, and empathetic. They learn to be kind and respectful of others.
3. The school is cleaned by the children.
Schools in Japan employ janitors to maintain order. Students are responsible cleaning the cafeterias and classrooms.
Japanese education believes that cleaning together encourages students to work together and helps them to be more helpful. Students learn respect for their work by cleaning their desks and sweeping the floors.
4. Students and their teacher eat together in the classroom.
While it might seem strange for teachers to eat with students in other countries, this is a common practice in Japan. It is beneficial in strengthening the student-teacher relationship. It is possible to have really meaningful conversations while dining which can be very helpful in creating a family atmosphere.
The Japanese education system ensures that students eat balanced meals. In public elementary and junior high schools, lunches are prepared according to a standard menu that has been developed by qualified chefs and healthcare professionals.
5. They also attend after-school workshops.
Preparatory schools and after-school workshops are very popular in Japan. Students can learn other things than their 6 hour school day. Most Japanese students attend classes in the evenings so that they can go to a high-quality junior high school. The Japanese, unlike other students, study on weekends and holidays, which is unusual for many students.
6. Japanese students also learn Japanese calligraphy and poetry, in addition to other subjects.
Japanese calligraphy is also known as Shodo. It's a form art that allows people to write meaningful Kanji characters (Chinese characters used in Japanese writing system). This expression can be expressive or creative.
Haiku is a type of poetry that uses simple phrases to communicate deep emotions to the reader. This type of poetry is thought to have aesthetic, intellectual, and therapeutic effects. These classes teach kids to respect their centuries-old traditions and to appreciate their culture.
7. Nearly every student must wear uniforms to school.
In Japan, almost all junior high schools have a uniform policy. This policy is designed to eliminate barriers and promote a sense community, family, and togetherness. The dress code encourages students to express themselves through other means than clothes and allows them to focus their attention on learning and growing.
Bonus: Japanese schools use Nameless Paints
Nominal Paints Replace familiar color names by visual depictions of primary colors, magenta, yellow and cyan. Visual labeling systems also depend on proportion to make it possible to show more or less of the same color.
The equations of paint help children to understand basic concepts of color theory. They also teach them how they can combine colors and create new ones in a fun way.
How is your country's education system? Which one of these methods would be preferred by schools in your country to follow?
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