In Japan only requires nine years of compulsory education to students.
The Japanese education system consists of three years of
elementary school, three years of middle school and
three years of high school.
The Japanese make more of a big deal about the
beginning of a child’s education career than the end.
Japanese elementary school students don’t get any Exams
until they reach grade four because the
goal for the first three years of schools is not to judge the
child’s knowledge or learning, but to devlop responsibility, establish good manners and to develop their character.
More Japanese elementary school students say they enjoy school than
their American counterparts.
School Rules in Japan.
> Japanese schools have strict rules about fingernail
length and hair styles.
> Students who have been caught cheating have had
their heads shaved and have been expelled from school.
> they are taught to fold their jackets properly and always have tissue in one pocket and a handkerchief in the other. In school they learn to have three sharpened pencils with them and always have
glue, rulers and erasers in their pencil boxes.
All primary school kids eat school lunches, and about
8 percent of middle school students do. Japanese
students eat their lunches in the classrooms. there are
no cafeterias in Japanese schools and help prepare and
serve school lunches. Food is served from stainless
serving trays and large pots by students, who sometimes
wear surgical masks, aprons and hair protection. The
food is often prepared in a kitchen on one floor and
transported to the classroom on special carts.
Souji (honorable cleaning) is a period of about 15
minutes each day when all activities come to a stop,
mops and buckets appears and everyone get busy in
cleaning up. Often the teachers and principals get on
their hands and knees and join students.
Japanese schools don’t have any janitors because the
students and staff do all the cleaning. Students in
elementary school, middle school, and high school
sweep the hall floors after lunch and before they go
home at the end of the day. They also clean the
windows, scrub the toilets and empty the trash cans
under the supervision of student leaders.
The students in Japanese schools are generally better
behaved and there are far fewer discipline problems than
in the United States. Studies have also shown that
Japanese students on average spend about one-third
more time learning each class period than American