Contemporary Education in Other Nations
Schools In Japan emphasize conformity even at an early age. Many Japanese people believe that high quality education Is A crucial factoring heir country's economic success.
are being taught Virtually all of Japanese children attend public elementary schools; less than one percent attend a private school. In japan, he middle school years are especially crucial Students' futures are based on the academic status track on which they are placed while in middle school Moreover.
the kind of jobs they will hold in the future depends on the university or vocational technical school they attend. his in turn depends on the high school they attend.
By the third year of middle school, most students are acutely aware of their academic future and of how their lives and friendships change as they go through the educational process. as one former student recalled: Middle school was fun; I was with my friends and I could throw myself into sports and 1 didn't have to study very hard. I couldn't be sure which of my friends would be with me in high school. Now that am in high school. I know these will be my friends for life-they've been with me through very tough times (qt. in White. 1994:77) Up until high school the student population of a school typically reflects the neighborhoods in which children live.
However, at the high school level. entrance to a particular school is based on ability: Some Japanese students enter vocational schools that teach them skills for the workplace; others enter schools that are exclusively for the college-bound. any analysts have noted the extent to which most Japanese vocational schools provide state of the art equipment and instruction in fields with wide employment opportunities. Consequently, graduates of most vocational high schools do not have problems finding relatively well aid employment upon graduation. Typically the instruction in Japanese high schools for the college bound is highly structured, and all stu