[LMB] OT: not spoilery any more, middle school

Gwynne Powell gwynnepowell at hotmail.com
Wed Jan 20 12:47:28 GMT 2016

> From: "M. Haller Yamada" thefabmadamem at yahoo.com

> I think it's pretty fascinating, that's why I jumped in. 
> With the lower grades in Japan, you start first grade the year you turn six 
> (between April 2 and April 1, I heard). 
> I do like the idea of keeping the puberty-stricken slightly isolated from the 
> general population. I think they should get more teachers, too. Possibly a 
> counsellor for every class . . . . In Japan, middle school is such a pivotal 
> time. You choose the high school you are aiming at, and that pretty much 
> determines your entire future unless you are willing to buck the system and run 
> away to Canada to work in a Japanese restaurant . . . . And to have to do that 
> with only 14 or 15 years of life experience and raging hormones . . . oof. 
> Obviously, it can be done. But . . . .

I like the Spartan system - send them off into the wilderness for a few years.
Let them learn to survive on their own.

That'd sort out all those helicopter parents!


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