Japan's Educational systems

A sneak peak into one of the bests schools in the world.

Why Japan?

U.S. schools are unbelievably more different than Japan's educational systems. Such as, from U.S. students perspective, they wake up each morning to a annoying alarm clock. But each day that loud buzzing sound is reminding you of the awesome day you are going to have at school. From a Japans students perspective, they have to be waking up extremely early, but the truth is they aren't waking up that early just extremely tired from all the homework they had the night before and having to stay at school a couple more hours than the U.S.'s educational systems. Japan's technology use, teachers salary, co curricular activites, and Japan's cost per student is extremely surprising compared to the U.S.'s educational systems, here is why.

Technology use.

Joshua Johnson - Does Green Bay or Japan use more technology on day to day basis for their education systems? Japan is the correct answer now here is why. In Green Bay and throughout the U.S. our educational systems use "..technology [to] support both teaching and learning. Technology equips classrooms with digital learning tools, such as computers and handheld devices..." (Public and Private Organizations). The reason why we use technical devices such as computers and handheld devices is because it "...expands course offerings, experiences, and learning materials." (Public and Private Organizations). On the other hand "...in Japan, 78.2 % of people in Japan have access to computers and the Internet..." (Suzuki). Japan uses technology for the same reasons like, extra learning materials and enhances the students learning abilities and enhances the teachers capabilities of helping students.

Teachers gettin money.

Brandon Neurenberg - Do Japanese teachers get good pay? Depending on your financial status on a middle class point of view they earn about medium wage. The starting base salary for new teachers in Tokyo, Japan, is ¥6,840,000 or if converted in to U.S. dollars $68,400. At the exchange rate right now a beginning teacher which is ¥100 =$1 which is still highly competitive among international schools, even with a less experienced/beginning teacher. In Japan they have 21 steps on a three-band salary scale which is, at least in U.S. currency is $ 23,999.00 to $ 49,255.00. All compensation (money) is paid in Yen, but can be converted into many other kinds of currencies. The monthly salary for most public school teachers is about ¥250,000 ($3,000), and for private school pay it's the same for full time ¥250,000 ($3,000) and ¥125,000 ($1,500) part-time per month so they could earn $36,000 in low income city in Japan, but in the past, Japan has subsidized teachers’ salaries. Meaning the Japanese government pays up to 30% of a teacher’s salary to ensure that all schools, especially the smaller ones, can afford to pay teachers a competitive salary and help out the teachers with living expenses. The salary also depends on the teachers skill set. A teacher that's been teaching for 10 years could be paid less than a brand new teacher because if the new teacher went to a better University, they would give more value to a school than a teacher that went to a less prestigious university.

Co-curricular activites

Cade Johnson - Do co-curricular activities exsist in Japan? Yes they do but it is little bit different then the United States, but contains most of the same stuff(Casper, 4). Like the United States singing is a hot topic for

co curricular activities but unlike the United States they don't have as many choices in song. They sing things like their national anthem. They also associate sports with school and host practices during school hours since they have a longer school day. (Strombergner, 2) Co-curricular activities are very similar to Japan but different in the sense of time of activities and type of activities.

Cost per student

Courtney kaczrouske - Being a student in Japan surely differs from being a student in the United States. You can tell this just based off of the cost per student. Surely the more money spent on a student, giving them more technology, textbooks, and art supplies would increase their grade point average, but that theory does not apply in this case. In Japan $8,301 is the average cost per student. Next to students in the United States where the average cost per students is $10,99.,But even though the United States has a larger cost per student does not make them ahead of Japan in any way. Even though students in Japan do not have as much money spent on them, they still get better and or worse test results as the United States.

In the end...

U.S. schools differ from Japan's educational systems in vary different ways, such as there technology use, teachers salary, co curricular activites, and cost per student.


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