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Education in Japan

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Education in Japan

  1. 1. JAPANESE EDUCATION SYSTEM• 6-3-3-4 system: • 6 years of elementary school • 3 years of junior high school • 3 years of senior high school • 4 years at the university• Japan has 100% enrollment in the first 9 years of their education• Japan has ZERO illiteracy!!
  2. 2. JAPANESE EDUCATION SYSTEM• Japan’s high school dropout rate is 2%.• There are an average of 29 students per class, it used to be between 40-50.• 46% of all high school graduates continue on and attend a university or junior college.• School begins in April and ends in March. The cherry blossoms bloom in April and they represent a fresh start.• Some schools require students to attend school on Saturdays.
  3. 3. JAPANESE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL• Begins at age 6.• Curriculum: • Japanese • Social Studies • Mathematics • Science • Music • Arts • Homemaking • Physical Education
  4. 4. JAPANESE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL• Once a week, children have moral education classes.• Classes are part of “whole-person” education, which is the main task of the elementary school system.• Moral education is also evident during the school’s class-cleaning and school lunch activities.
  5. 5. JAPANESE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL• Curriculum: • Japanese • Mathematics • Social Studies • Science • English • Music • Art • Physical Education• Students also have homeroom time, clubs and field trips.
  6. 6. JAPANESE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL• Students receive their instruction from specialized teachers for each subject area.• The pace in junior high school is very quick.• The education is very text-book oriented, teachers have a lot of information to cover in order to have students ready for their senior high school entrance exams.
  7. 7. JAPANESE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL• Types of high schools: • Elite academic high schools – collect top students who usually attend top universities. • Non-elite academic high schools – prepare students for less-prestigious universities or junior colleges. They also send many students to private specialized schools (subjects such as bookkeeping, languages and computer programming.)
  8. 8. JAPANESE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL• Types of high schools (cont.) • Vocational high schools – offers courses in commerce, technical subjects, agriculture, homescience, nursing and fishing. • Correspondence high schools – flexible form of schooling for 1.6% of students who missed out on high schooling for different reasons. • Evening high school – offer classes to poor but ambitious students who worked while trying to remedy their educational deficiencies.

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