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  1. DavidHuieGreen

    DavidHuieGreen said, over 3 years ago

    Surely Yale is still an option

  2. Manga Enthusiast

    Manga Enthusiast said, over 3 years ago

    Reminds me of the “examination hell” I experienced when I lived in Japan. A lot of Japanese parents want their boys to go to the University of Tokyo or the two top private schools or else, and the kids feel this heavy pressure because of their parent’s expectations from a young age. The mother’s are called “education mamas,” which is virtually the same as Tiger Moms. In America we have the opposite problem with many parents who fail to inspire their kids to do their best. I think a balance on the side of promoting good study habits and discipline, plus time for personal growth and “family time” is necessary.

  3. hcr1985

    hcr1985 said, over 3 years ago

    @Manga Enthusiast

    I agree with you. Yes it’s great to instill good study habits and have high expectations, but I feel sorry for Doctor Appleby. What if he wants to be a lawyer, an engineer, an accountant, or a host of other good careers besides doctor? Will his parents be upset, will they disown him? That’s too much pressure for a poor kid!!

  4. Potrzebie

    Potrzebie said, over 3 years ago

    He’s good enough to be a military doctor, and they can be Surgeon General!!!!

  5. MajArkay

    MajArkay said, over 3 years ago

    Harvard? Why not a real medical school, like Johns Hopkins?

  6. wakeangel2001

    wakeangel2001 said, over 3 years ago

    unless it was biology you don’t necessarily have to be good at the nebulous field of “science” to be a doctor

  7. YokohamaMama

    YokohamaMama said, over 3 years ago

    @Manga Enthusiast

    Met an American woman here in Japan many years ago who was frantic because her two-year-old son didn’t know enough Japanese to pass the entrance exam for the three year pre-school program to ensure him a place in a particular university – maybe Keio? – as he had to be a doctor like his (Japanese) father, grandfather, great grandfather.

  8. AStarofDestiny

    AStarofDestiny said, over 3 years ago

    @Manga Enthusiast

    I really like your Haku avatar! Did you attend cram school (I think that is what they are called) after regular school hours for entrance exams there? In regards to your comment, I agree with what you say – it is such a sharp contrast to school here in the states.

  9. Manga Enthusiast

    Manga Enthusiast said, over 3 years ago


    I find the character Haku the most interesting in Naruto Manga/Anime.

  10. Manga Enthusiast

    Manga Enthusiast said, over 3 years ago


    I lived in Japan most of my adult life from the age of 21. My sons went to cram school there. We are a bi-cultural, bi-lingual family.

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