Through education, Japan has managed to achieve levels of excellence in several areas, being today considered a model for other nations. But, as is known, nothing happens by chance. So, the question is: what is the secret behind this success? And what is it possible to learn from Japanese culture? Below, we have not only separated a list of curious facts about the country, but also explained what results it has generated over the decades and with high levels of education.
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How to train citizens
Among the diverse peculiarities of Japanese culture, no other point is more evident than the broad focus on behavioral education. From an early age, children are encouraged to master the codes of social behavior, so much so that until around the age of ten the student does not go to school to learn anything other than to live in society. In other words, the school's priority in the early stages is to teach small values such as generosity, respect, honesty, self-control and responsibility. As for the application of proof and knowledge tests, this can wait. The most important thing is to ensure that the teachings are internalized and accompany the students for a lifetime, helping them both in their professional and academic life, as well as personal. Having invested in the formation of citizens aware of their role in society, the country is able to grow faster and keep its economy stable, standing out internationally.
As for hands-on
In Brazil, the popular expression “get your hands dirty” means starting some work and that is exactly what Japanese students do at the end of classes. Since in schools there are no cleaning professionals in charge of cleaning the accumulated dirt of the day, students organize themselves in groups and clean up on their own from their own rooms, to common access areas such as bathrooms, corridors, stairs and patios. With this, they develop skills for teamwork and take better care of the environment where they live, avoiding getting dirty and generating garbage, in addition to taking home new habits, becoming less dependent on parents and giving more value to the collective.
How to unite a country through tradition
It is only possible to plan for the future by knowing your own roots. Following this line of reasoning, it is not surprising that Japanese schools have classes in Japanese poetry and calligraphy. O shodo it is an art developed hundreds of years ago in Japan, which is essentially painting symbols on rice paper using a bamboo brush as a writing instrument. Together with the tutor, the student learns the history of his country and the reasons for the need to protect centuries-old traditions as part of the conservation of a people's own identity.