Japan’s Educational System



Japan is one of my favorite educational systems to write about, mostly because my next-door neighbor was born and raised in Japan and I am able to understand the system through her eyes as well as through research. My neighbor, Miwa, explained to me that education was something every child knew was very important; maybe the most important thing, in their lives. They took it seriously. Students in Japan go to school about ten months a year – 60 to 40 days longer than American students. The academic portion of School is from 8:00 a.m. and lasts until 4:00 p.m., at which time the student report to special classes (such as music, sports, or calligraphy) until 6:00 p.m. Students also attended school a half a day on Saturdays, but as of this time, that practice has been eliminated. This schooling is free for all children. However, almost all student return…

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