Talking About Japan
In English

12
Japanese Schools


...yet few people outside Japan understand the subtlety and significance of your experience.

Daily Life in Japanese
High Schools
Marcia L. Johnson and Jeffrey R. Johnson

Many people go to some kind of school when they are young, but in many little ways the Japanese experience is unique.

Can you share the way in which education has shaped your life?
What are the good, the bad, the stupid, and the wise points of your school experience?


This Week's Sentence:

* Because of the rapid population growth after World War II, the numbers of students in a typical elementary and junior high schools once exceeded 50.

Translate it into Japanese.

The Answer:
Dainiji sekai taisen no ato no kyugekina jinkou zouka no tame, tenkeitekina sho-chu gakko no seitosu wa katsute go-juu o koemashita.


Vocabulary
dainiji sekai taisen World War II
ato
after
kyugekina
rapid
jinkou zouka
population growth
tenkeitekina
typical
sho-chu gakko
elementary and junior high schools
seitosu
the numbers of students
katsute
once
go-juu
fifty
koeru
to exceed

Grammar
"~no tame" means "because of`~".
Kaze no tame,
shigoto ni ikimasen deshita.
I didn't go to work because of a cold.

When has your school experience been wonderful...

...and when terrible?

What can we do to make this school system better for our children in the future,
and for ourselves in the present?
Have you ever experienced school overseas?
How does this system differ from other countries?
It would be helpful to know your opinion and share with you my ideas.



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