When you’re growing up, one of the most important responsibilities you have as a child in most places is to go to school. You get up early, you go to class, and you do homework. Most people look forward to lunch breaks, weekends, and holidays and probably dislike some of the rules they have to follow when attending these learning environments. Some of the rules might have been:
- No running,
- No chewing gum,
- No cell phones.
While these things might have felt like a drag at the time, it might help you put things in perspective when you hear how people in other countries have it.
In Japan, schools are organized quite differently. Lessons are strict and there are a bunch of rules that you might not have known existed! Here is a list of 16 rules that exist in Japanese schools. Though it needs to be kept in mind that high schools in Japan differ from each other and each one is unique.
1. Attendance: Arriving at school on time is very important. Students are expected to arrive to class at 8:30 AM. In some schools, if a student is late more than five times they must come to class early and accept cleaning responsibilities as punishment for a week.
2. Greetings: It’s very important to pay respect to you elders in Japan, especially one who is providing you with an education. Every day upon arriving and leaving class students must stand and bow to their teacher in order to show their respect.
3. Lunch: When it’s time to have lunch, students don’t leave their classrooms to go to a cafeteria. Instead, students must bring their own place mat and dishes in order to be served food that is made either by lunch ladies or the student. They are required to finish everything on their plates and bring a toothbrush to wash up afterwards.
4. Cleaning: Rather than relying on cleaning staff, students in Japan are responsible for keeping the classrooms and hallways clean. This includes mopping, dusting, and cleaning the chalkboard erases and bathrooms. This is to teach students the value of cleanliness.
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