After another delicious, well-balanced school lunch today I was brushing my teeth and I heard that same music that plays everyday during Japanese souji/cleaning time. I don’t know all of the music that plays, but I hear these two Carpenter’s songs playing over the P.A. system everyday, like clockwork. It’s pretty interesting to see. Kids brush their teeth after lunch and when the Carpenters’ songs come on, the kids are smiling, cleaning the classrooms and hallways together…taking pride in their school. I wonder if that would work in a U.S. public school. I HIGHLY doubt it! Just like with the yellow brimmed hats that kids have to wear when walking to and from school or the the caps they wear during gym time, you’d be hard pressed to get a public school kid to do that in the U.S. (at least at the schools I was teaching at). What do you think causes this assimilation in Japanese school children (not necessarily in a bad way)? What do you think causes the rebellion in some of the American kids (not necessarily a bad thing either)? Please let me know what you think!
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