Maggie says, "You kids are lucky. The first day back to school is full of promise!" West Fester West Fester Twig says, "I say it's just full!"
In Japan, the government recognizes that school is also daycare that allows parents to have jobs. This promotes equality of the sexes, among other things. Kids spend their whole day at school being supervised by different teachers, and led through different activities, including outdoor exercise, by the teaching staff. Therefore they don’t have “homework,” because that gets done in study halls with teachers present. The kids’ experience is more like a full time adult job than it is in the U.S. system. They get home late in the day, when their parents get home from their jobs. The Japanese system promotes education better than ours does. There are glitches of course, but Japan’s system works in their heavily urbanized society. In the USA today, relatively few kids spend their afternoon hours roaming freely in the landscape, as I did in the 1950s and 60s. So maybe we should adopt elements of the Japanese system.
September 05, 2017