The Importance Of Japanese Education

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Malcolm X once stated, “education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people those who prepare for it today,” which is truly valid because this realm’s future depends on those who are properly educated to continue the developments of their homelands. Education bears a great significance in the lives of adolescents and teenagers, especially in this generation, since the world is constantly evolving in the educational field. Knowledge is often associated with power because of its impacts and influences throughout a democracy, therefore, it is vital for nations to appropriately develop and cultivate the minds of their future generations to ensure prosperity and growth in their countries, socially and economically. As …show more content…
However, the United States requires their students to be eighteen before they can withdraw from high school. The school system is broken down into four levels of education, which consists of three years in early childhood education, six years of primary school, three years of lower secondary school, and an additional and optional senior secondary school, which requires a paid tuition and the passing of a high school entrance examination. According to Gall, 94% of students continue on to senior high school and one-third of those high school graduates enter college or university while the remaining graduates begin their journeys in the work force. Each typical school day lasts from around 8:30am to 3:00pm, however, most students usually stay later for extracurricular activities and sports resulting in those students not departing school until about 5:00pm. With classes starting at 8:30am, there are four periods in the morning, each lasting about fifty minutes, and then a lunch break in which the last two or three class periods follow, concluding the day. Within Japan’s academic school year, which starts around April and finishes with spring break around the next year in March, unlike the United States’ schools, which start in August or September and ends in May or June for summer break, their curriculum focuses directly on the continual development and mastery of reading and mathematic skills, thus, the schools do not take an extensive break of two to three months, like the United States, instead, they strive to keep breaks shorter than six weeks (Abe). The setup of the Japanese academic school year is a persistent and ceaseless system that does not stop to rest for long but resumes each time with the similar persistence to work harder than the previous

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