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5 Things The United States Can Learn From The Japanese Educational System

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The people of Japan are so smart. They are innovative.

This is what the United States envy’s about other foreign countries.

After doing some research, the Japanese education system is pretty neat. They have a lot of cool opportunities and different ways of doing things.

Here is a list of the reasons why Japanese education is further ahead than the United States:

1) Japanese have manners. This is one of the first things that kids at Japanese schools learn. They do not give children tests or exams until age 10. Until then, they focus on just learning manners. They are taught to be generous to animals, nature and other human beings.

2) School starts when the Cherry Blossoms bloom. April 1st is the start of the first day of school. The semesters are divided such as: April 1 — July 20, September 1 — December 26, and January 7 — March 25 with 6 weeks off in the summer and two weeks off for winter and spring.

3) The students clean the school. No custodians are employed. The students learn to clean up after their own mess. We are so stinkin’ spoiled here in the US. We hire maids and janitors just to clean up a simple mess that we made ourselves.

4) Schools are set to eat healthy and balanced meals. The meals are are cooked not only by qualified chefs, but also healthcare professionals. In the US, we need to get our healthcare professionals involved with school food choices. The students in Japan eat all their meals together in the classroom. It helps build student and teacher bonding.

5) Students love school. Attendance rate is 99.99%. The Japanese kids never skip class or come in late. They are always on time and ready to learn in the morning. Can we boast those statistics here in the US? Nope.

The United States educational system should make some drastic changes and learn about what the Japanese do.

 

 



USA Falling Behind in College Attainment Rates

Two years ago, President Obama announced plans to make the USA a leading country in the international education race by 2020. Many people were excited for this hope to become reality, but it seems like we might be slipping farther away from our goal.

According to a new report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, less Americans are completing their college education than young adults in other countries. This has made us fall from 12th to 16th place in the share of young adults (ages 25-34) who have earned a degree. The countries who are leading the race in this younger demographic are South Korea, Canada, and Japan.

Why is America slipping behind other countries in college attainment rates? There are two explanations for this. One is that more and more people are attending college in Asia and Europe than ever before. Another factor is that these foreign nations focus on education degrees that take less time to complete; instead of the four-year plans that many college in the USA follow, colleges in other countries offer many one-year or two-year degree plans.

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How Students Can Help in the Japanese Relief Efforts

On March 11, 2011, an 8.9 earthquake rocked the ocean floor near Japan, causing an enormous tsunami to wash onto the north-eastern coasts of Japan. Cars, homes, and ships were swept away when the tsunami came to land. It has been said that this is the most powerful earthquake to ever strike Japan. The death toll is expected to pass 1,000 and many more are injured, have lost their homes, and have no place to go.

What can we students in the USA do to help? Many of us would love to go to Japan and help with the relief efforts firsthand. However, if you can’t be there, you can still help. Here’s a list of several relief organizations that are accepting donations to help Japan.

The American Red Cross is accepting $10 donations through text messages. Similar to the campaign in Haiti after their earthquake, people only need to send a text message to 90999 with REDCROSS in the message, and they can donate $10 immediately to help the Red Cross’s efforts.

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