In 2002, the Ministry of Education in Japan began to implement a “more relaxed education policy” in Japanese public schools.
However, as a result of various problems in the schools, the government decided to move toward a “less relaxed education policy” from 2011, about 10 years later.
How have the Japanese public schools been affected by this change to a “stricter education policy”?
As a result of implementing the “stricter education policy”, schools are now required to teach more hours during the school year.
Many people probably think that a few more hours of lessons is not a big deal.
However, this extra lesson time puts a large burden on the teachers who are required to prepare the lessons.
As a result, many teachers are forced to use their private time to prepare for the lessons.
This extra work affects the teachers both physically and emotionally.
In recent years, many teachers who have suffered from a mental breakdown have stated the reason to be the additional work caused by the switch to a “stricter education policy”.
From a child’s point of view, an increase in the hours they are at school means that they have less time to memorize more facts.
For children who are quick learners and can multi-task, more hours at school means that they have more opportunity to learn new things. However, for children who learn at their own pace, an increase in school hours leads to an increase in the number of items they cannot remember.
As a result, how strict the education policy is felt to be depends on the child and therefore leads to a difference in academic ability.
Children who cannot follow and fall behind may go to the teacher for extra help but teachers are so busy preparing the curriculum that they often do not have the extra time to spend.
For children who are not good at studying the stricter education policy may become a larger burden.
It may be effective to not only rely on the child’s ability but also for parents to create a better learning environment as quickly as possible.
With the stricter education policy, teachers have to follow a very tight curriculum.
However, with school closures due to typhoons and influenza, etc. they tend to fall behind on the curriculum.
To make up for the lost time teachers often have to cut sports activities and after school activities.
When children are naturally deprived of time for sports activities there is a risk that their athletic ability will decline.
A decline in athletic ability will have a negative effect on the school as well each child’s growth.
The goal to achieve a stricter education policy is very important for Japan’s future.
However, it is causing various problems at the school level.
It is important that parents and educators get together to come up with a solution to these problems.