Difference between American and Japanese schools
American vs Japanese schools:
It is evident that both school systems need their students to receive the best education that they can get, yet the ways and means that they approach the matter are quite different to each other. This article aims to observe those differences in order to better understand their systems and the ways in which they employ to get to this final object.
What are American schools?
American schools are known to “spoon feed” their students in order to provide them with the manner and the necessary tools to arrive at the solution to a problem. They encourage the student and even give them hints so that the students would arrive at a solution that was expected by the teachers themselves. Therefore, one can say that the student has no room to think and act for his or herself and thus, creativity and innovative thinking is limited. Also, students are given homework and most of their class time is spent discussing these homework. Their usual class time is 30-40 minutes, yet they have about nine classes per day which can be quite exhaustive.
What are Japanese schools?
The Japanese allow their students to use their own creativity and innovative ideas to arrive at their own conclusions for a problem. The teachers never provide the students with an answer, they only encourage the student to find it. A class usually lasts for about 45-60 minutes but they have fewer classes during the day.
Differences between American schools and Japanese schools?
In Japanese schools, there are only 5-6 classes per day whereas in America there are up to 9 classes per day. For Japanese students, it is compulsory to learn English whereas the American students can choose which languages they want to learn. Also, in American schools, teachers freely interact with the students and the degree of respect among them is low. Whereas in Japanese schools, the teachers are highly respected and therefore, the students keep a respectful distance from their teachers.
In Japanese schools, the students are required to eat their lunch in their classrooms itself along with their teachers. They are all supposed to eat Kyushoku, a traditional Japanese school meal. These school lunch instructions are defined as a special classroom activity in itself where the children are given an invaluable lesson in etiquette and also in different types of food and nutrition. Whereas in America, the students are not allowed to eat in the classrooms. They eat in cafeterias where one can decide and choose what they would like to eat. In American cafeterias, one is not often concerned with nutrition. Neither does it serve as a way of teaching students etiquette or table manners.
In japan, the students themselves clean the classrooms. They have assigned time periods for this task. In America, other people are hired to clean. The students do not do any of the cleaning.
Japanese students do not change classrooms unlike the American students in order to get to the next class. Also, Japanese students have uniforms whereas American schools do not attach much importance to school uniforms. Also whereas summer vacations in Japanese schools last only three weeks, summer vacations in American schools last almost three months.