A Comparison of Schools in the U.S. and Japan Essay

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A Comparison of Schools in the U.S. and Japan

In Japanese schools, from elementary schools to universities, teachers direct what students should do or how they should be. Students follow the school rules and the directions of teachers. In American schools, on the other hand, students have to be more independent than Japanese students in many ways. Because of differences between Japanese and American schools, Japanese students who begin to study in an American school are shocked, and they take a pretty long time to adjust themselves to the way of American schools. Differences between schools in the two countries are seen in classrooms and during classes: the style of lectures, the relationship between student and teachers, and the
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Although classes are quiet, it does not mean that all students are concentrating on the lectures. Because classes are so quiet and boring, some students are doing or thinking of something else, or taking a nap. When I was a high school student, I often fell asleep, especially on warm spring days. The teacher's powerless lecture became my lullaby, and I fell asleep easily as if I had been hypnotized.

On the contrary, students in the U.S. have to listen to teachers very carefully because teachers tend to ask questions during classes, and students must answer these questions. This way of teaching is quite unfamiliar to Japanese students, and lots of them have trouble in the classroom. For example, for the first few months I studied in an American school, I was tense because my teachers asked me questions very often. I used to turn my eyes away from teachers' eyes immediately after they asked something of students. Furthermore, students have to take notes by themselves because teachers seldom write on the blackboard. Japanese students in an American school learn that they have to study or read the textbooks well to take notes and to answer questions given by teachers.

Second, Japanese students are shocked by the different relationship between teachers and students in American schools. The relationship between teachers and students in the U.S. is
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