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Japan is one of the countries with almost 100% literacy rates
and kudos to the amazing schooling system they follow. Recent
research suggests that Japan leads the world in numeracy and
Japan is one of the countries with almost 100% literacy rates and kudos to the amazing schooling system they follow. Recent research suggests that Japan leads the world in numeracy and literacy skills. Due to their methods of teaching, the children are able to learn better and produce better.
1- Mathematics class- The class begins with the custom of aisatsu (greetings) towards the teacher, then the teacher inquires if they have solved the question put up, after one finishes, the teacher corrects the answer and if it is correct then this student will correct the answer of the next student and the process follows. This is mainly because the Japanese believe that if you teach what you learn, you will remember atleast 90%. They also believe that if you just stand and lecture, the students will retain less.
2- Language on an average children around the world use around 26- 33 letters, except a few Asian languages but Japanese parents know how difficult it can be to help their children learn all the characters and use them in the spoken and written form, however due to the high approach to the learning process, by the time they leave primary school, they know about 1006 Kanji characters and by the time they are 15, at the end of their education, they would have learnt an additional of 1130 characters.
3-Scripts- Except the Kanji, Japanese have two sets of phonetic scripts, Hiragana and Katakana, each has a set of 46 characters which behave likes syllables. Combined with dots, they are enough to express all sounds of modern Japanese. Mostly Hiragana is used with Kanji to write ordinary Japanese words, Katakana is used to write words introduced from other languages, like names of foreign people.
4-Uniqueness the system consists of-
6 years of elementary school
3 years of junior high school
3 years of senior high school
4 years of university
There is the concept of Gimukyoiku which means compulsory education, which in Japan extends for a period of 9 years. Even though high school is not compulsory, the enrollment rate is 96% nationwide and 100% in cities.
5-Subjects- Japanese students study mathematics, science, social studies, music, physical education and home economics, an increasing number of elementary schools have started teaching English as well. Information technology has become a trend and most schools have internet access. The students also learn traditional Japanese arts like Shodo and Haiku. Besides this students wear uniforms mostly and a standard school lunch is provided to elementary and junior high schools and is eaten in the class to forge a better relationship. Students dont skip classes, nor are they late because they actually feel happy at school.
Such a great system to nourish young minds, maybe we can learn a great deal from what the schooling system at Japan has to teach.