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Japanese cover teachers Quote of the Day

“When a teacher is sick in Japan, the school does not provide a substitute. ‘If a teacher is away, then the children work on handouts and homework… With the first- and second-graders, we would be a bit concerned, so we’d have a teacher look in on them from time to time. But with the older kids, they study quietly.’ Of course… ‘if a teacher is gone for a month or more, we would want to get a substitute.'”

Thunder from the East pages 182-183

Twisted priorities Quote of the Day

“Schools should teach such fundemental things as where each prefecture is located instead of teaching English in elementary schools” Read the rest of this entry »

Brands in Japan Quotes of the day

“It’s as if I want to add another brand to my Hermes or Vuitton collection, to have a child who went to Tokyo University” Read the rest of this entry »

Japanese brainwashing quote of the day

“Children who can maintain proper posture are praised as ‘skillful’ (jouzu) and ‘being able to do it’ (dekiru). This usage is not a conscious manipulation of language by the teachers but the standard means of praising another’s activities, whatever the context, in Japanese. This cultural expression represents good behaviour to the children as a moderately challenging skill they will be able to accomplish through effort and practice rather than as an indication of obedience or tractability.” Read the rest of this entry »

Japanese education and culture quote of the day

“Contrary to myth, Japan is not a single, monolithic culture persistently characterized by harmony and consensus…Rather, Japan is a nation of complex subcultures and has a plurality of traditions that have undergone considerable change over time… nowhere is this past better seen than in the repeated controversies about schooling over the past 150 years.” Read the rest of this entry »

Foreign teachers in Japan quote of the day

“It was called a “university” but its proper name was a school of languages. The Japanese had very primitive ideas concerning the fitness of men to teach… Anyone who could speak English could evidently teach it. The idea of a trained professional foreign teacher was never entertained by them… The “Professors” at first obtained were often ex-bartenders, soldiers, sailors, clerks, etc. When teaching, with pipe in mouth, and punctuating their instructions with oaths, or appearing in the classroom top-heavy, the Japanese concluded that such eccentricities were merely national peculiarities.” Read the rest of this entry »