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Similarities and Differences Between Japanese and American S

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Sammy Alkhalili

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Similarities and Differences Between Japanese and American Schools
Similarities
Differences
Janitors
Japanese schools have no janitors. The students clean the school and it is typically spotless. As opposed to American schools where we pay a janitor to keep the school clean. The Japanese style makes students more respectful of their surroundings and the environment. An example of the positive impact this has is observed by simply walking down the streets of tokyo and witnessing no liter.
Use of Technology
I noticed that in Japanese schools there was a huge lack of technology. Here in America, we make a point of implementing technology in education. For example, every new classroom has a smart board in it. Most classrooms in Japan didnt even have white boards (still using chalk). I find this comparison as one that is better for America. Although the quality of education isn't determined by the amount of technology you use, it still makes
teaching a lot simpler when you do.
Mutual Respect
The biggest difference I noticed with Japanese schools is the relationship between the students and the teacher. You can tell that the students respected the teacher, not because they are told to or because the teacher is older than them but because they understand the role of a teacher. They understand that the teacher is imparting knowledge on them. On top of that, the teacher respects the student as well. They understand that it is the student responsibility to learn the material and their job is only too give them the means to do so. Whether the student decides to pay attention in class or not is completely up to them. I saw examples of students sleeping in classes and the teacher didn't even take the time out of the lecture to wake them up.
In America, this relationship does not exist the same way. Very often, students will be disrespectful to their teachers because they do not appreciate (or understand) exactly what it is that the teacher is actually doing for them. Teachers tend to try really hard in America to get their students to pay attention and do their work because society sees how well the students do as a reflection of how good the teacher is.
Instruction
When I first went to the Japanese classrooms, I expected to see completely new teaching strategies. What I found was the same exact strategies we use. If anything, the lessons were more bland lectures, but for the most part the instruction was exactly the same (besides language obviously).
Classes
Kids
Students tend to take the same classes as American students. Math, Science, History, foreign language. We even got to sit in on and participate in a home economics class at Aoyama High School. They have P.E. class (The picture is
from swimming class
which is actually pretty
rare in public schools
of NJ).
In a society that has so much critisizim and judgement from peers and saving face, I wondered if kids acted much different. Maybe that they would act more mature and/or maybe play around less. I found this expected difference between American and Japanese children completely
false. Kids in Japan still acted like
kids. They still played, laughed and
did everything kids do. Unfortunately
that includes bullying.
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