The "family" element of Japanese homerooms can be a lot like real families: functional and empowering or dysfunctional and detrimental (or some mixture of both). Once they get into their dream college, things become more relaxed as they are almost guaranteed to graduate. I do agree that courses are highly based on the professor. was a great article. Hey, an interesting read. I am an American college student. Tell them why the situation frustrates you and ask them to help you understand the Japanese mindset behind discipline in your school. I am currently studying in Yokohama National University. It's okay to visit once a week, or however you choose. In Japan, however, teachers work either for the municipal or prefectural boards of education. passive lecturing. 3 min read. <<< This is accurate. (in the sense of services provided by the school, beyond classes, clubs or informal social life). Enkai are exclusive to those in a particular company, restricting even spouses of coworkers. my current graduate program that was this way, I’m always thinking that surely other A downside of this system is that preparation for one class or one presentation takes a lot of time. I’m actually choosing between the two, American or japanese cause I love both these countries to bits and I want them to be my learning environment. In the meantime, the South American and European students have all moved up to the next level. Oh wow. Japanese students study very hard in high school, so they can pass the entrance exams to get into a reputable national or private university. While visiting a classroom in Japan, Stigler observed Japanese students trying to draw a 3D cube with varying degrees of success. still need plenty of free time to have a life outside of school. A student visa is one of the easiest visas to get to come to Japan. There may be more but these are the two you'll most likely encounter. Yoroshiku! The most common form of prep comes in the for of cram schools or juku 塾(じゅく). Even if we are studying new language they stay rather quiet. I love studying! Schools with large numbers of rowdy students may have trouble keeping said students out, though they'll certainly try. But when i speak english with them, they cant seem to speak properly. in schools that are different in Japanese schools. High school is another story. Japanese teacher is so kind. Kids need to learn to respect others A teacher could be at school for one year, ten years, or more. The points you mentioned above were exactly the things I face currently in Australia, and by the way I am from Indonesia where educational atmospheres are almost the same in general with Japan, although the campus I used to go to adheres to Australian standard. So schools would After an imperfect attempt, the teacher asked the class if he had done it correctly. But is it any better than the atーtimes crippling shyness of Japanese, or the English education system’s failures? ^_^. I am from the United States (I have lived here my whole life) I never knew that there was a difference in American and Japanese curriculums such as this. I guess my longーwinded point is that you’ve settled on a rather limited form of comparison while addressing Japan’s education woes, and that, with all due respect, might be part of the very problems you are addressing. If there are many in a row, it can be tempting to start ducking out. I knew there were some differences, but I guess I never thought about being open and asking questions during class. In theory, students aren't allowed in the teachers' room without permission, but this depends on the school. Thus, American universities are generally much more rigorous than Japanese universities. Unlike Japan, where kids just move up a grade with their age mates. Plus the presentations and lab practices. I need to study hard. Graduation Ceremony or sotsugyoushiki 卒業式(そつぎょうしき) is much like the Entrance Ceremony but more serious. Private schools may have uniforms at this age, but most elementary students have dress codes rather than uniforms. Check out the language schools on GaijinPot Study http://study.gaijinpot.com/school/, Thank you so much. I was at Meiji Gakuin University, and noticed very differently. (Of course, they must be diligent and talented if one actually got CPA at that young age.) I am also good at math because of applying the hard work Cheers to it! I’m attending Japanese university as an exchange student now. I understand it is important to let the instructor finish the material but students should be given an opportunity to ask questions without feeling embarrassed.