Japanese people are known for their wellness, intelligence, strong health and politeness. When it comes to creativity and innovation nothing beats the Japanese people. The school plays the most important in life of Japanese people.
Why Japan is unique and different from others?
The answer is, they have an incredibly cool education system and unique teaching methods which every nation should adopt. Some of them are as follow:
1. Nameless Paints:
This method was created by Japanese designers Yusuke Imai and Ayami Moteki which has won the 2012 Kokuyo Design Award. Their aim is to change the way of thinking and learning of kids. This is an unusual set to teach kid about colors and painting and what shade they will get by mixing certain colors. For example:
Big blue+ Small pink = Pink
Pink + Blue = Purple
They learn how to create new colors and how to mix them. This color theory method will help kids to develop their creativity and the way of thinking.
2. No examination until kids reach grade four:
In Japanese schools, the goal for the first three years of school is to establish good manners and to develop their characters rather then judging the child’s knowledge. They are taught to respect other people and love animals. They are taught to be Empathetic, Generous and Compassionate. And also qualities like Self-control, justice and grit. They believe on manners before knowledge.
3. Academic year starts from April 1st:
In most of others countries, their academic year starts in September or October whereas in Japan it starts from April, the time of Cherry Blossom. Students get 6 weeks of holidays during summer and also have 2 week breaks in winter and spring.
4. Students clean their schools themselves:
Students are divided into small groups and have to clean classrooms, cafeterias and even toilet by themselves. This will teach them to in a team and help each other. Also it teaches them to respect their work and work of others.
5. School lunch is provided on a standardized menu:
The school lunch is developed by health care professionals according to standardized menu. They provide healthy and balanced meals. All classmates and their teacher eats together which helps to build positive teacher-student relationships.
6. After-schools workshops:
Most Japanese students enter into a preparatory school or attend private after-school workshops. They learn and read extra hours in the evening this helps them to adopt reading and learning as a habit. They learn Japanese Calligraphy and Poetry i.e. Shodo, Halku which teaches to respect their culture and old traditions.
7. Students have to wear school uniforms :
It is compulsory for students to wear school uniforms. This uniform policy aims to remove social barriers among students and get them into a working mood. I also helps to promote asense of community among children.
8. A single test decides student’s future:
At the end of High school students choose one college and the particular score requirement is their target of their final test. If they don’t reach that score they probably don’t go to college. Only 76% of school graduates continue their education. Having gone through this test they usually take a little break. College period are known as vacation before work.