education

Under 35 percent of middle school English teachers in Japan meet government proficiency benchmark

Numbers for high school teachers aren’t much rosier in recent study by education ministry.

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Japanese advertising agency breaks tradition by recruiting people who got held back in school

When a company ensures that everyone deserves a second chance, it’s a company worth working for.

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Japanese teacher has student make written apology for farting in class, displays it in classroom

Attempt at discipline feels especially misguided when you learn the type of school he worked at.

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If you want your kids to go to elite universities, give them Legos, Japanese study says

According to a study done by Lego Japan, the majority of surveyed graduates from elite universities played with Legos when they were children.

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Japanese teen finds awesome surprise hidden inside good-luck pencil his cram school gave him

Just below the surface, a mighty anime ally was waiting.

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Japanese government tells teachers not to be so strict, at least about some kanji radicals

Students rejoice and adults gripe as the government Agency for Cultural Affairs declares some writing “rules” undecided.

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Japanese high school teachers forcibly cut off hair that was “too long” from 44 students

Because nothing promotes a healthy learning environment like traumatizing students with scissors in front of their peers.

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Japanese public school to allow male students to wear skirts, chest ribbons as part of uniform

Brand-new middle school to let students of any gender wear whatever uniform components they feel comfortable in out of consideration to LGBT youths.

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Anime isn’t like reality: High school days edition

As new freshmen get ready to start high school in Japan, a reminder that a lot of what they’ve seen in anime isn’t how things are really going to be.

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Japanese elementary schools’ list of behavior requirements would be hard for most adults to clear

Over a dozen conduct pointers cover everything from shoes to interpersonal relationships.

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Social media users boast of plans to grope schoolgirls on day of Japan’s most important test

While Japanese teens are on the train headed to the once-a-year Center Test, some predators see a rare opportunity.

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Teen gets perfect score on Japan’s college entrance history exam with crazy-detailed notes【Pics】

Because if you know everything, you don’t have to worry about what’s going to be on the test.

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Japanese cram school gives students permission to smash window, break into building on test day

Also tells would-be burglars how long they’ll have until the cops show up in crazy display of educational commitment.

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Teacher says Japanese schools’ mandatory extracurricular activity rules don’t benefit students

Exasperated educator takes workplace survey and is depressed by rationale for forcing students to join after-school programs.

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Japanese middle school promotes long pants to full-uniform status for girls, equal with skirts

Principal emphasizes that skirt is no longer to be considered the “main” or “standard” uniform.

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We could all learn something from this Korean grade school music class’ Daft Punk cover【Video】

Watching this video makes me realize that I got ripped off as a kid.

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“Scholar” tops list of what Japanese boys want to be when they grow up, “restauranteur” for girls

Boy’s sporting ambitions slide in survey as girls stick with the same favorite for the 21st year running.

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Japanese teacher wakes up sleepy students by whipping out realistic model pistol in classroom

Grabbing the attention of young minds with the implied power of hot lead.

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Students in Finland, the world’s best-educated country, react to Japan’s harsh school rules

Would these Finnish students be as successful if they’d gone through the Japanese school system instead?

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Manga’s touching take on pressuring non-black-haired kids to dye hair in some Japanese schools

Even if no one’s a straight-up villain, life can still give you a chance to be a hero.

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