rules in Japanese schools
seems that no one seems to follow them though
By Eimi Graham
are many school rules in the Japanese junior high and
schools. The schools even give their students a sheet of
paper before summer, winter and spring
outlining the rules the school wants the students to obey. I
thought that these rules were nonsense since I was in junior
high and now that I am in college I still believe that these
are totally meaningless in today’s society and there is no
choice for the students other than to violate them.
am going to list some of the rules that do exist in some
Japanese schools and are listed on the kind of sheets handed
out to students and provide my comment:
Do not go to video
and karaoke boxes even if you're with your parents
I think schools should not
impose this rule at all and the parents need to decide this.
If you want to go bowling, always go with your parents
The school has no right to say this because they aren't the
student's family. During
a student’s private time, the responsibility lies with the
parents and not the school.
Don't go to a grocery
store if you have nothing to buy
Isn't this a weird rule?
Always wear clothes
appropriate for a student
The schools seem to think that "appropriate
clothing" are clothing that are not kogal style,
no makeup, no short
skirts, etc. This is totally ridiculous
because everyone should have freedom to wear whatever he or
she wants during private time.
The school should only decide what we could wear at
Don't stay at another
person's house, except your family
This rule is ridiculous
If you want to go to
the movies, watch the movies that the school has permitted.
If you want to watch movies that aren't permitted, go
with your parents
Kids and parents know what
is good to watch and bad to watch.
The school has no business to say what kind of music
students can listen to or what kind of movies they can
In any case, parents and not the school should make these
If you're traveling,
always tell the school about it before you go
Some schools just want to
know about what the students are doing and where they are
going just to track their activities rather than having any
concern for their welfare.
Don't go out after the
sun goes down
Schools don't have the
right to tell when kids have to
Always have your "seito
techo" with you
"seito techo" is a little book like thing and
you get it when you are in junior high and high school. It has
the school rules written down and its supposed to show that
the student is a bona fide student of their school. But, the
students are human beings.
They aren't the school's belongings.
schools even force the students to wear the school uniform
even when they are going out.
I think this is against the children's rights and is
absolutely ridiculous. No
one obeys these rules anyway since they do not make sense and
are difficult to enforce.
I often wonder why Japanese school system continues to
make a fool of itself with having rules and regulations that
no one likes or obeys. We
are all aware of how the kogals (or kogyaru)
‘fighting’ to have the right to wear kogal
rules put Japanese students in such a dilemma that when they
go to college and are thrown into an environment where there
are no rules, they misuse their freedom.
That is why, other than few Japanese universities,
students at all others party all the time, and while men try
to find good jobs the women focus on finding good
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