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