What is wrong with the Japanese educational system?
Kotaro Hanawa, Native. Living in Japan for total of 14 years
As a student who went through this system, I would like to share you the very dark side of the Japanese education system.
The dark side can be observed by the statistics below:
This is the data of the suicide rate of each country for individuals between age 15 and 24. The blue line is for Japan, while the red is S. Korea, along with US (green), UK(Purple), Germany(turquoise), France(orange), and Sweden (Pale Blue).
Japan has the highest teenage suicide rate in the entire world and the one and only thing which can be blamed for this is the Japanese Education System.
First thing that happens when one enters junior high school is the process of self criticism. Students are guided to lose their self-esteem and ego by forcing upon them strict rules and simple tasks. This way, teens would be prevented from becoming rebellious against their mentor. Strict rules apply to places not only within the school limits but to daily life as well.
In case of what I’ve experienced,
-No dating allowed
-No volunteer activity allowed without the approval of the school principal
-No part-time jobs allowed unless the financial situation forces the subject to. In this case, a written permission from both parents, homeroom teacher and school principal are required along with a strict review of the labor contract
-One must not meet with the opposite sex other than for academic proposes such as Jukus (Japanese cram school), extracurricular activities, and examinations (I was enrolled in a boys school)
-No traveling allowed without the permission of the school authority. When approved, one must act according to the schedule approved by the school.