Why do Japanese teachers not have the discipline problems of teachers in Britain or America?

At the worst high schools, some of the classes can actually look and sound more out of control, for some of the same reasons that most of them don’t:
 
-Lower standards set for general levels of noise, everyone finishing at the same time, listening to every word the teacher says etc means less reasons for teachers and students to clash
– Clear (some would say repetitive) classroom routines
– Alternating quite free and easy periods and very controlled ones
– Stronger peer pressure- usually to behave, but in the worst classes the opposite
– Going at the speed of the slowest students
– Putting one to one time sorting out problems with students ahead of retaining the attention of the rest of the class
– Fewer social problems such as broken families, chronic unemployment etc. outside class

– Consistent teaching methods and discipline methods from class to class and school to school

– Being allowed to totally let off steam when they are free, including almost complete freedom to fight!

– Patience from the teachers, mainly due to an understanding that discipline comes from socialization rather than from classroom techniques

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1 Comment

  1. Kelly said,

    September 15, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    I would say it depends where you go in Japan as when i was on a shinkansen from tokyo to aomori this particular day there was a whole bunch of high school students sitting behind us shouting “muki muki” repeatedly the whole way there. I was soooo pissed off, the teachers just sat there like dumb idiots and didn’t even tell them to behave. I didn’t pay top dollar for a shinkansen ticket to have a noise level like that. I almost said something but my husband cautioned me not to as he would lose face. Grrr.


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