I didn't realise until I had turned 30, how important those early years had been for my development. End of story! Instead of introducing the reader to the relative merits of private education over public education we are instead subjected to several paragraphs on child prostitution not being an educational issue (irrelevant), Japanese English teachers not being able to speak proper English but its OK because Japanese don't need English anyway (????) English is not a core language for many professions that still use German, Latin, Greek, etc as their basis. Learn more about English Teaching and the other jobs foreigners can do in Japan with video messages direct from the Employers themselves. But everybody fails to realize that private schools are only expensive because public schools exist. nothing was put in its stead. Just because you didn't see them doesn't mean they don't exist. What is Partly because we don't know how "bad" it is over on the other side – my friend talking about gang fights in his Los Angeles school was eye-opening to me. Sure, that gets them out of the teacher's hair, but what will the wider effect on society be if we go down that road? But none is forthcoming. Consider the following: A survey published in 2011 (Source in Japanese) stated that 37.3% of Japanese high-schoolers "somewhat agreed" or "completely agreed" with the statement: This is contrasted with 75.3% in South Korea, 88.0% in China and 90.4% in the US. It really fails to get that point across however, for a number of reasons. I don't like professors telling what I should do with my kids. This chapter was written with regard to education in Japan and its effect on the children reliant upon this system. The main beneficiaries of this alleged teenage prostitution that is going on in Japan are the left -wing academics who need us to believe it's a problem so they can write about it to build their careers. In fact, I'd go so far as to call the Japanese education system criminal and the members of the Mombusho criminals. and private teachers compete with each other. All interesting stuff! Go figure. Japan is so advanced in so many ways yet so behind in other ways. Stats have shown that the overall bilingual fluency percentage increased, regardless of whether the kids were 'intelligent kids', as you say, or not. I would rather have total strangers make suggestions for the education of my kids. Back to education and the problems HERE, though, it's not just English of course, but everything. Should English be taught yes Japan is an Island. Education systems are really distilled versions of the societies in which they exist. Next is student prostitution. This course of action, of course, was not taken, primarily because most people realized that charlatans never fall by the wayside; they come up with 'alternative' and 'holistic' medical practices. Go to Manila. • I have never been impressed by the teaching in state run schools which try to fit all the children into a single mold, which fails many of them. To be a teacher one needs to take on a leadership role. I'm not denying that there are good journals in other languages, simply that the majority of scholarship is either written entirely in English or (in the minority of cases) translated into English because there are sufficient English-speaking scholars to make this financially viable (as opposed to, for example, the cost of translating all the journals into Japanese, which isn't), so English is the best language to learn in the overwhelmng majority of cases if you want to actually be up to date in your field. Vast Right-Wing: "If there is to be a public education system, every effort must be made to ensure it is of highest quality and best value for the money spent.". If it is, then nobody is going to learn it! Perhaps remove English from being a compulsory subject, and remove it from the Center Test and other exams. The rest is learned by using it. One approach could be to start at the university level. How can kids concentrate in the extreme heat?! Although not seeing anywhere near the level of violence American schools see, Japanese schools face problems ranging from students not attending school through bullying. I expect her school to teach her everything about sex. On the other hand Japan has competitive examinations for very young students who are taught towards the test, and have insufficient time and maturity to form their own opinions, with an emphasis on just regurgitating the right answers onto the paper. What I am getting at is if schools become privatised then school fees will increace and the very poor may not be able to afford education, which is unnaceptable in my book. On the matter of discipline the Right to Learn. Abolish all public schools. D is for demographics — and disaster The key issue in Japanese higher education again this year was demographics. The virtue of learning other language at an early age is that one gets used to the different levels of pronunciation on an intuitive level. That's the core of what I said. And no one needs it (except linguists). Yōchien(幼稚園, Nursery school) from 3 to 6 years old. 24, 2012 - 05:48PM JST Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. I asked why and was told that it would be seen as "lazy" to assist each other this way. International visitors from branch offices (or even head offices) overseas can't all be expected to learn the local language, not when they might be visiting a dozen or more countries. Public schooling is an absolute necessity. I've never understood why Japanese kids, in addition to full-time schooling, need hour after hour of cram school on top of their homework, plus regular weekend classes to learn less than any vaguely conscientious kid getting five days of school in Europe. I think the author and most of the posters on this thread have got it all wrong. behavioral problems aren't educational problems. Another reason to preserve public schools is vastly different family incomes. Hopefully things will settle down. Again, these "solutions" opened an array of problems instead of solving any of the original problems. The last time I attended a school, it was an art school or university, now many decades ago. Aya Francisco. This is my right as a parent. This rarely happens in any area that government has a partial/total monopoly, though. Kids need a real break between the end of year and the beg of the next. This is the difference. I was given an art studio to work in and had a very enjoyable three years. Yes, being proficient in English will be a definite advantage anywhere but it does not make it a necessity. The biggest and simplest answer to "what is wrong" is that the tail wags the dog. And, has Mr. Valentine even considered for a second what would happen if all schools were privatized? In closing, here's the best summary of the Japanese education system that I've found (it's just too bad that the kids in Japan don't rise up and riot like the English kids in this clip): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkQzNWgOwhY. Let’s take a look at what the schools here are doing well and at what we can do to supplement our children’s learning to foster their non-Japanese skills. Nakai has written a very complete article here about the debate and its history. But, going even more deeply, what's wrong with the Japanese "education" system is this: It takes young, bright-eyed and lively Japanese children and turns them into dull, passive, risk averse automatons who are utterly unable to function anywhere other than Japan (and even in Japan, one would hardly say they're functioning at full human potential). The author just finishes writing that "Some Japanese teachers who teach English as their main specialty cannot even speak proper English. In fact if it were not for widespread dissatisfaction with or fears about the quality of education in Japan, the government would probably not have announced wide ranging reforms last year. Perhaps the pessimism is justified by genuine issues among Japanese youth but then again the general pessimism may tint the evaluation of the youth by the people living in Japan (including me as a resident). Minor miracle, but there are some wonderful young people in Japan - in spite of the "education" system here in Japan. The entrance tests for all levels of education dictate what happens in the classroom. I'd go further and say that in my 20 years in Japan, comparing the generations, the Japanese education system is more successful now with its aims, than it was 30 years ago. Because we, the human race, only advance if our children can have a better education and opportunities for themselves. Japan Is English the sole factor in China's economic growth? But how is that any worse than what Japan has now? If we're going to boil this down to one recommendation then I have two words for everyone, Finland adopts this approach and it works well (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=qlOfZL_J5fo&gl=JP .. and because I check things compulsively, this checks out: http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2010/dec/07/world-education-rankings-maths-science-reading , http://nexuscanada.blogspot.jp/2010/12/top-10-countries-has-best-education_30.html , http://scoalafinlandeza.ro/documente/The_Finnish_education_system_and_PISA.pdf . Only the rich will send their kids to school. Two or four years would be enough to enable intelligent children (and adults) to continue learning on their own. This guy should be giving away bibles in the street rather than posting here. "with first-hand knowledge of the workings of the education system" “The Japanese education system tries to minimize the gap between the good students and everyone else,” Takahashi told me. That's torture! What may solve the problems of American public education is what already works in Japan. When that is the case, most require it be taught from a young age. Asking what's wrong with the Japanese education system is like asking what's wrong with the government of Somalia or the IQ of George W Bush. Austin Also, to be successful in Japan does not require math, science, the ability to read, or, evidently, any knowledge of history. The biggest problem encountered by the colleges of technology in the Japanese school system, is that the element of the dual school system was brought into the democratic 6-3 single-track school system that was put into practice under the educational reforms instituted after World War II. It is a core skill for modern life if you're a professional, and it belong in any school that hopes to produce professional graduates. Other languages are more complex and need more time, therefore they have to be started earlier. Why on earth would somebody NOT do that for their own children? So much more is rotten than English Ed. • The matter of English proficiency of teachers is frankly ignored, in spite of repeated studies and "action plans" from the national Education ministry. average. By "good English" I mean Oxford English. It"S ME Mar. Japanese students and the majority of the Japanese people do not speak English because they do not see the need for it. @JapanGal, I agree with you. It's been shown in study after study that privatizing industries and services formerly managed by the state results in higher costs to the consumer and a decline in services. Let’s examine 18 problems that prevent the US education system from regaining its former preeminence. This would be wonderful. This is all very amusing. Kyoto underwent educational reform and insisted on a small school district system. It's impressive, given the easy access to information provided by the internet, low cost of travel, and relative affluence of most Japanese. However I think it is a good idea to offer a foreign language and maybe what the Japanese government should do is do what most JHSs in America do. There's no data on this but a majority of my classmates say that the first time they've ever done a PowerPoint presentation was in University. Shōgakkō(小学, Elementary school) from 6 to 12. You're echoing my point from earlier, Dog. English, mathematics and computer skills are good examples of core skills required in most (but not all) professions. Just have one look at the dismal and dangerous state of America's private health care system to see just how well the corporate sector handles things that are state-run in many other countries. But those of you that do I wish you every success with yr kids, however you wud want to measure that, I imagine most here with kids one parent isnt Japanes so that gives you ALL a HUGE leg up on the rest, keep up the good fight & pls try NOT to send yr kids to those cursed after school juku! 4. Therefore there are no complaints about English education in Japan. This is the reason why the rooms look so drab. The second one is aimed at those who reached three years. There has been big media hype about classroom violence toward students and teachers, childhood prostitution by some middle school and high school girls and general unruly behavior unacceptable according to Japanese customs and traditions. I'll just field this one quickly before I head to bed. other people decide how to discipline someone else's children, it is always a bad idea justified as necessary and good. teacher pensions). The root cause is almost always the parents - people who are not preparing their children properly for the expectations of school life and who refuse to accept that their children have done the wrong thing at school. Almost 30 percent of Japanese students attend private schools, according to the O.E.C.D. In this article, we will focus on the serious flaws, drawbacks, and issues in the education system of Pakistan and will give the real solution to those problems as well. Not on planet earth. Yutori kyoiku was a HUGE part of the problem as well, yet that has been dialed back and seen to be a mistake too. The most noted example of this notion was seen in Kyoto Prefecture. Kōkō(高校, High school) from 15 to 18. The solution was to introduce Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) from abroad to teach and communicate in English with the students, Japanese teachers taking English lessons outside the school time and introduce standardized English exams. I know full well this won't happen any time soon however. What about those professions where it is required? Problems With Today’s Education System. Frungy, "To fail to teach English is to fail one's students.". Some common first signs of such conditions are developmental delays in speech, motor, socialization or other skills, says licensed clinical psychologist and clinical supervisor at TELL Japan, Dr. Shruti Rane. To fail to teach English is to fail one's students. The heads of the top companies and their drinking buddies at the Mombusho make sure that the Japanese "education" system largely serves as a selection and training process for workers in the big keiretsu. ), do have critical thinking skills, and aren't afraid to voice their own opinions. thanks to all! Because it is also other people's right to discipline other people's children. How can you even vouch for this? By 1945 the Japanese education system had been devastated, and with the defeat came the discredit of much prewar thought. next -- childhood obesity considered as an educational problem? Perhaps a surprise? March 13, 2014 I have a neighbor who is in her late 40s who is not married and is STILL living with her parents. These things simply didn't happen at the Japanese high school I went to for two years. I have seen it firsthand as a teacher in a public school here in Japan. I had the good fortune to work in very different systems of education or learning. The German expression kindergarten usually refers to the first level of official education , according to the K-12 educational system. Sorry I missed your other posts, I've been at work. Secondly, no control over distractions. Education is not only a human right - it is a civic duty. . Law students need to study Constitutional Law as requirement to be a lawyer. @ Chazz, I forgot to add my thoughts on English. Easy. Don't you think you should have addressed these things in your original article? So, how to fix this whole Japanese public educational debacle? Totally wrapped in nihonjinron and the uniqueness of the Japanese. See samples of the jobs in Japan for the New Year! The lack of competition among educational suppliers Students have different characters, and accordingly, educational theories must be diverse. Stop denying what has already been established beyond any shadow of a doubt, English IS NOT optional. I do not like the golden rule. I say this as someone who has taught in public and private here and in native English speaking countries. Undoubtedly the international research suggests a resounding YES. I'm from Singapore (no that's not in China) with a similarly brutal Asian education system. The current system includes six years of elementary school, three years of Lower secondary school, three years of upper … Not just 2 weeks. 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