Many believe that schools in Japan are wonderful as in anime. In fact, Japanese schools work and teach children to make the right decisions that do not harm society or the system. While many Western schools are too liberal, which causes many young people to become delinquents, the rigidity of Japanese schools contributes to peace and the low crime rate. In this article, we will look at the problems of the Japanese educational system.
This rigidity in Japanese schools ends up harming young people and society in several ways. Things like teen suicide, anti-social youth and low birth rates are a result of Japan's education system.
The Japanese educational system trains young people to be independent from the age of 6, when they go to schools alone. There are extra classes and lots of positive and fun things to train young people's minds during elementary school.
For example, learning is often conducted in a playful way, and activities such as art, custom paper writing and teamwork help students develop creativity, ability to express thoughts and making decisions, and increase social interaction skills.
So far everything is perfect, problems happen mainly when young people go to secondary school. The main problem with Japanese education is its central structure. It was conceived in the Meiji Period to train a society of obedient people in order to create a rich and perfect country.
The system is entirely focused on making exams through brutal memorization. As much as teachers give total freedom for students to question, create or innovate, most students end up having no critical thinking.
Many end up not using their right to choose and express themselves. Much of the students' effort goes to irrelevant subjects or useless things. At the same time, that there are thousands of intelligent Japanese students, most of them are unaware of the world.
Rigidity in Japanese schools
The first thing that happens when a student enters high school is the process of self-criticism. Students are instructed to lose self-esteem and ego, imposing strict rules and simple tasks on them.
Students need to follow several rules that seem to make no sense. Even outside of school, in daily life, students need to follow rules so as not to dirty the name of the school.
Each school has its own rules, some are more liberal, others are more rigid. Let's see below some rules that show how some Japanese schools are too strict.
- Does not allow dating;
- You cannot do any voluntary activity without permission from the school;
- You cannot have a partial job without authorization from the school;
- No travel is permitted without authorization from the school;
- Dress code;
- Cleaning rules;
- Punctuality rules;
- You can see other rules in our article here.
Despite all the rigidity and rules, not all students, teachers and schools follow them to the letter. There will always be a blind eye and the school cannot control or know what happens outside or on the sly.
Even with so many unnecessary rules, social, emotional problems and especially bullying happen, and culturally teachers and students do not try to solve the problem.
Other problems that can affect students
The duration of Japanese school can be a nuisance for many people, especially for special people or those with social problems. It is common for students to stay in school all day because of school clubs. One of the main problems of Japanese schools is bully (ijime), we already wrote an article about it, you can read it by clicking here.
Although Japanese schools seem rigid, everyone graduates easily. There is no failure in Japan, teachers are not very strict, they even raise student grades or give exams easier.
It is common to see students sleeping in the classroom. Many current teachers receive little support or training, they are incompetent and cannot manage a classroom, others do not care about students.
Higher education is even less rigorous and students are all relaxed. This is a sample that all rigidity in secondary and high school is useless. The most complicated period of school life is the end of high school, where students prepare to enter college.
Some study crazy achievements to pass the university entrance exam they want. This time is really rigid and full of pressure that even causes suicide for some young people who were unsuccessful.
Are schools in Japan that bad?
Although many foreigners and Japanese people complain about the points covered in this article, we must take into account that there is no perfect school. Both the Japanese educational system and the education systems of other countries have their flaws.
Japanese schools work very well for most people, only those who have any resentment or problems with the system feel uncomfortable.
Most students do not face these many extreme rules cited in the article. They freely use their cell phones in the classroom, loosely follow the dress code and have never suffered bullying or corporal punishment.
I don't want to invalidate the experiences of some, but most Japanese had a pretty decent childhood in the Japanese education system. Those who do not adapt well to public schools in Japan can use a Gakushū juku (private school).
As much as some have had bad experiences in Japanese schools, it should not be generalized! Schools around the world suffer from problems with bullying, social classes, groups, pressure and others.
Before placing your child in a Brazilian school in Japan, think carefully about the incredible benefits that the Japanese education system can provide to your child. Do not just think about the negative things, if you are going to take statistics into account you have no reason to be afraid.
To conclude the article, we recommend reading other materials involving Japanese schools below: