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In Japanese schools, it’s customary for the students to start the day with a formal greeting. The teacher walks in, the students stand, bow, and say good-morning. It’s a fairly somber ritual, in keeping with the general attitude in the country that education is serious business.

One elementary school, though, does things a little differently, with a morning greeting that’s packed with more energy than most people show all day.

At first, things don’t seem so out of the ordinary. As the teacher positions herself in front of the chalkboard, we can see her pupils stand up as well.

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The woman does seem pretty fired up as she greets the kids, though, who respond in the decidedly unorthodox way of throwing their hands in the air and shouting, “Yeah!”

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OK, well, you’ve got to expect kids are going to get a little exuberant at times. But then, the teacher goes on to say, “As usual, let’s start today off with a round of serious rock-paper-scissors!”

Things only get crazier from there.

After completing their game, with the losers seeming just as pumped as the winners, the class moves on to the most normal part of their morning routine, bowing and saying, “Ohayo gozaimasu!, or “Good morning,” which is something students at most schools do.

What ordinary classes don’t do, though, is repeat the greeting in every direction, then do the same in saying thank you.

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These kids are just getting warmed up, as they next launch into a chorus of “If we try, we can do it!” Even this apparently isn’t enough positive energy, though, since they immediately upgrade that boast to, “We’re gonna do it!”

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They then announce that they’re “super happy,” as though that wasn’t already readily apparent.

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Then, to add even more optimism, the teacher picks one lucky pupil to be the “super happy” student of the day, The special girl’s classmates gather around her, reminding her, “We’re with you!”

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The kids then declare themselves the class that’s always smiling and having fun, before a few especially outspoken individuals rattle off goals for the day, including “Let’s always think about our friends’ feelings,” “Let’s be the first ones to say hello,” and “Let’s do what needs to be done!” Finally, they wrap the whole thing up with, “Let’s do our best today!”

We should point out, once again, that this isn’t how most schools in Japan kick off the day. Online, the Japanese reaction has been mixed. While some are genuinely moved, others called the display scary, “embarrassing,” and more akin to a company training session than an elementary school lesson.

Still, whether you call it admirable or not, there’s no denying this is a unique, intense way to get kids excited about their day.

Source; Livedoor
Images: YouTube