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  •  But there is a whole group/community ethos in (4+ / 0-)
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    Japan that such school day activities are intended to develop.  It is an entirely different culture.

    That's one more thing to add to my long list of small problems. --my son, age 10

    by concernedamerican on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 02:37:48 PM PDT

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    •  My son taught English in Japan for a while (5+ / 0-)

      and I was deligthed to hear about that.   I love the idea of teaching children to care for their  own environment...whether it be their school or their home or their earth.  

      But this is not what the Republicans are suggesting ...their plan sounds more like they are punishing children  for the poverty of their parents.  


      “... there is no shame in not knowing. The problem arises when irrational thought and attendant behavior fill the vacuum left by ignorance.” ― Neil deGrasse Tyson, The Sky Is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist

      by leema on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 02:59:41 PM PDT

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    •  There's nothing wrong with chores as a community. (0+ / 0-)

      I have "classroom jobs" in the US as well. Not so many as I had when I taught in South Korea or Japan, but some. Students do clean up and do basic chores in the classroom, and there's nothing wrong with a school deciding all students should do chores in the lunchroom etc. It's only when you can opt out of that via money that it becomes degrading to the students who can't. In Japan (in my experience), school lunch IS provided to the students at no cost (no additional cost) anyway. And generally everyone eats it and eats the same thing. Community.

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