Education in Japan
Until the 90s, education in the USSR was considered the best in the world. Developing countries, including Asian ones, tried to adopt this Soviet model. As a result of this, an original but at the same time effective Asian model of education has turned out. One of the founders of this model is Japan. Japanese education, both school and university, is considered one of the best in the world and the most competitive in the labor market.
Education in Japan begins with the development of personal qualities in a child. In elementary school, most of the training is etiquette, communication skills, as well as various classes with a psychologist to develop skills of self-control, perseverance, goodwill, etc. Perhaps this is why most people in Japan are very friendly, and the crime rate in the country is very low.
By the way, pupils and students study in April. Moreover, the holidays between training stages last only 6 weeks. Total level includes 3 semesters, during which there are only 2 two-week breaks. It doesn’t compare with the Russian three-month summer vacation and intermediate breaks every 2-3 months.
Another important aspect of Japanese schools and Japanese education, in general, is the accustoming of children to physical labor. First, it fosters discipline and responsibility in children. After school lessons, the entire class stays to remove the classroom. And secondly, this education of the young generation is very beneficial for the whole country. Hardworking Japanese are ready to work hard for the welfare of their homeland. It has been brought up by Japanese schools since childhood.
The important role of the teacher in the life of a Japanese schoolboy is a well-known fact. A teacher for them is more than just a person who gives knowledge; this is a mentor to whom you can turn for advice. Therefore, during the school day in Japanese schools there is time for informal communication - a lunch break. Pupils have lunch in class with the teacher, talking about various topics.
School time is considered the most difficult for Japanese children, but also the most effective. After all, at the age of 5 to 19 years most of the life attitudes, principles, behaviors and, of course, knowledge are laid. Therefore, Japanese schoolchildren are constantly learning something. A school day in Japanese schools averages 8 hours, then students are poisoned for extra classes, where they spend time until evening. It is simply necessary to study hard, because this is the only chance to enter a prestigious school, and then to a prestigious university.
By the way, one of the most important subjects in school is calligraphy. Although many consider this to be a relic of the past, this skill develops well both brain hemispheres. Moreover, it is simply impossible to learn Japanese without knowing the hieroglyphs and the rules for writing them. State and international calligraphy contests are held annually, where real professionals of the business perform.
The Japanese school uniform is considered unique, and like the Soviet one, I recognize it all over the world. This is a mandatory attribute of Japanese schoolchildren in all artistic
movies. In fact, a school uniform is nothing but another discipline in schoolchildren. It is also believed that this makes all Japanese schoolchildren equal.
About exams in Japanese schools are legends. A single test in all subjects, which lasts 8 hours, is recognized as one of the most difficult in the world. During the training period, students prepare all day, either alone or with a teacher. The points earned on the test - the only chance for them to enroll in a prestigious university, get a higher education and popular profession in the future.
The passed test is a peculiar feature in the life of many Japanese schoolchildren. It means that one of the most difficult periods in life is over. The main task of Japanese universities is to instill in students love and devotion to their profession. I must say that the universities successfully cope with this task: Japanese workers are among the most industrious in the world, they work in this company throughout their lives, going from trainee to managerial positions.