As parents, and grandparents for that matter, we consider it to be a bit of a rite of passage to tell our children just how easy they have it compared to what we went through at their age. File this under the “when I was your age, I had to walk 2 miles to school each day, uphill both ways” category. And school rules are definitely not exempt from this category, by any stretch. Adults of a [ahem] certain age can easily call to mind that our playgrounds weren’t lined with soft, cushy materials, but rather gravel and bark that claimed many a scraped knee. And grandparents will regale their grandchildren with stories of teachers who took no “funny business” from the kids in the class, and instilled a sense of unquestioned authority and command not often shared by today’s classroom teachers. Yes, the proverbial pendulum often swings hard and fast in the opposite direction when it comes to daily life. But the stories of our American elders have nothing on the school rules of today, in countries like Japan.
This article discussing 8 Japanese School Rules that Would Never Fly in America outlines differences in our educational culture, compared with Japan’s, including seemingly simple things like the prevalence of uniforms and school rules about required greetings, to more complex things like the way Japanese schools handle general clean up and care-taking of the school facilities.
There are many things that can be gleaned from Japan’s school rules, but adaptation in American schools is probably not likely. Even in charter schools and private schools, which are often able to create their own sets of student expectations and school rules, it would require a major change of thinking to adopt Japanese school rules like Saturday school lessons and student-and-teacher-led clean up policies. But, just ask your grandparents or parents and you’ll soon find out, you just never know how far and how fast the pendulum might swing!
No matter how you look at it, college is an expensive proposition these days. Both public and private colleges and universities have had to raise fees and tuition as costs have increased. As a result, college student debt has skyrocketed and many students end up with loan payments years, sometimes even decades, after graduation. But with some careful planning and creative thinking, there are lots of other ways to help pay for college and avoid being stuck with big loan payments after graduation. One final but important step in the college application process is to include an application for financial aid.
As parents, and grandparents for that matter, we consider it to be a bit of a rite of passage to tell our children just how easy they have it compared to what we went through at their age. File this under the “when I was your age, I had to walk 2 miles to school each day, uphill both ways” category.
For any parent of a college-bound student, SAT and ACT test scores are no doubt at the center of most dinner table discussions. While no one will argue that test scores alone are the deciding factor in college admissions, and many colleges are moving toward a test-optional admissions policy, strong scores on the SAT and or ACT can definitely help a student’s chance of gaining admission to his/her college of choice.