Japanese culture has attracted Westerners for a long time. The food, the language, and the manners all seem to go a long way when it comes to becoming an appealing nation. Even their schools are run differently than ours. They don’t have exams until the fourth grade because a higher emphasis is put on developing responsibility in youth and ensuring children are capable of cleaning, caring, and being polite.
In certain respects, Japan’s educational system has become the envy of the world. Boasting high scores in math and other disciplines that typically North American students snub their noses at. Their system which has the school year start in April has students work on themselves first before delving into a life of exams that culminates in the pursuit of a university in a period of time known as examination hell.
In Japanese schools, the students don’t take any exams until they reach grade four (the age of 10). They just take small tests. It is believed that the goal for the first 3 years of school is not to judge the child’s knowledge or learning, but to establish good manners and to develop their character. Children are taught to respect other people and to be gentle to animals and nature. They also learn how to be generous, compassionate, and empathetic. Besides this, the kids are taught qualities like grit, self-control, and justice.
Do you think this should be implemented all over the world?