A not often seen and startling look inside of the life of a Japanese student.
An observer may say there seems to be a much stricter emphasis placed on Japanese schools, compared to other cultures.
In fact, some cultures are almost humorous the way they handle schools.
Lack of teachers, unruly students, non-concerned parents, and a host of other things that are detrimental to students.
Then you have some cultures that run schools that resemble military boot camps.
The spectrum is wide and uniquely different, when it applies to different cultures.
Today we are looking at how Japan handles education, and what the Japanese students are exposed to, with their educational system.
School in Japan is divided into 3 stages: primary school (grades 1-6), secondary school (grades 7-9), senior high school (grades 10-12) ...Education in the first two are free and compulsory, and high school is worth the money ... Japanese mothers are usually very attentive to the success of their children. They maintain close contact with teachers, participate in school life, and in the case of sick children sometimes they go to the lessons and lectures themselves.
The academic year in Japan begins on April 6, during the flowering cherry. The first trimester lasts until July 20, followed by the big summer holidays, September 1 is the start of the second trimester, the winter holidays are from December 26, and the last third trimester lasts from January 7 through March 25. Then there are the little spring breaks, during which they transition from class to class.
Education in Japan is six days a week, but every second Saturday is a day off ... school start after six years of age. Prior to this, children usually attend kindergarten. By the time they start school children should have basic numeracy and be able to read hiragana and katakana.
In elementary school, children learn the Japanese language, mathematics, natural sciences (physics, chemistry, biology), social sciences (ethics, history, etiquette), music, art, physical education and household. By the end of primary school children should learn the 1006 kanji character of 1945 characters, the total state list ...In high school, also the list of items added to the English language and a few special items of your choice. The composition of these objects depends on the school.
The most difficult subjects are math, languages - Japanese (the study of kanji) and English. The high school program has a few more variations than the middle and elementary schools, but students have more opportunities to specialize in a particular field of knowledge. School usually start nine-thirty in the morning. Good attendance in school in Japan is looked upon as very important.
Length of lessons in primary school - 45 minutes in middle and high schools - 50 min. Between classes are organized small changes for 5-10 minutes, after the fourth lesson (approximately half of the first) are usually organized by a big change for dinner - about 60 minutes. Students trying to eat meals brought from home before the official start of dinner, are punished, especially if they eat during lessons. In elementary school, rarely more than four lessons a day. In high school, that number can reach up to six.
In elementary school, homework is not in the same medium and high school homework assignments are very large, so, despite the presence of the weekend, senior Japanese schoolchildren - are the busiest people in the country.
In contrast to Russian schools, in Japan each class is fixed to individual study, so students and teachers between lessons go from office to office.
Often in Japanese schools, there are no cafeterias or locker rooms, so students have to eat and hang clothes in the classroom. At the end of the lessons students will fully clean the school and school yard area. Janitors in Japanese schools do not do this task.
For most middle and high schools a mandatory school uniform is required. Each school, has its own, but in fact the options are not too different. The uniform is usually a white shirt and dark jacket and trousers for boys and a white shirt and dark jacket and skirt for girls or sailor fuku - "a sailor's suit." Primary school student are usually dressed in ordinary children's clothing.