Thanks for all your comments. This seems to be a popular topic. I’m just looking at the results of the poll, and 71% of people who voted do not think that Japanese schools should go back to having classes on Saturdays. That is quite different from the survey I read. In that survey, around 80% of parents were in favour of Saturday classes.
I noticed that some of you were talking about presentation skills, and coincidentally, I did a seminar on that at a conference for students last weekend. Actually, it was more about how to use Powerpoint, but a lot of the topics I talked about apply to things like “Show and tell” as well. For those of you who are interested, here it is.
Here is some feedback on this week’s comments:
And after I entered a junior high school, Saturday classes were stopped. So I studied when it is Yutori Kyoiku period.
It is better to avoid using “and” and “so” at the beginning of sentences. (A-Z: and/but/so)
In my opinion, it is not necessary for schoolchildren to go to Saturday classes. Because I think the most important thing for schoolchildren is not to attend many classes, but to think by themselves or solve problems on their own.
Good point, but you do not need the period before “because.” (A-Z: because)
However, it doesn’t get the point.
However, this misses the point.
I would never want my children to have Saturday classes. School is not the only place that children learn things. I think they learn lots of important things by spending time with their families, friends and other adults.
Very true, and all good English!
Around that time I never felt that I had too few time to spend with my family or friends because of Saturday classes.
I never felt that I didn’t have enough time to spend with…
I’m very skeptical about if those students can study by themselves at home.
I noticed something interesting in this sentence. This is an example of when you can use “whether,” but not “if,” so it should be “I’m very skeptical about whether….”
I’m absolutely against having Saturday classes as the same reasons as David.
… for the same reasons as David.
Many of female teachers are mothers
Many female teachers are mothers
Though I studied Pi = 3.14, I think it is not so important whether Pi = 3.14 or 3.
… I don’t think it is so important whether… (A-Z: negative sentence word order)
By the way, a friend sent me this the other day. Do you know if it is true? It’s very interesting, anyway.
Why do you think they teach that way?
Because they have less knowledges than teachers of our generations? Or because the number of classes got fewer and the time is limited? Or for any other reasons?
Can I give my answer? I think it’s because the government wants children to be educated in this way. People who can think for themselves would be a threat to rich, powerful people. I still cannot believe that after the Fukushima disaster, the Japanese people voted for the most pro-nuclear party! This is the same party who ignored all the warnings and failed to monitor the power companies properly for more than fifty years! No one from TEPCO has gone to jail, and the boss even got amakudari to a high-paying job with another company! There are constant news stories about radioactive waste being disposed of in rivers, workers being paid almost nothing to do incredibly dangerous jobs, and lots of other wrongdoing, but the Japanese public just accepts it all quietly. I can’t help thinking that the education system has taught them: “Don’t complain, don’t ask questions, do as you are told.” It makes me very sad to see what is happening to this wonderful country.
I don’t think this way of thinking is correct, but I don’t wonder why most people think this way at all.
… but I’m not surprised that most people think this way.
However, as you said, most of the companies really want those kind of people that can think for themselves and present their ideas to other people.
I think this is the problem. Japanese companies need those kinds of people, but they don’t really want them because they are afraid that they would “disrupt the harmony” in the company. I was talking to a friend the other night who works for a big company. She regularly works 12 hours a day, and her pay is terrible. In any other country, she would just leave, but because she is Japanese, she feels that she has a responsibility to the company. If workers really started thinking logically about their jobs and their companies, Japanese society would collapse!
I agree with you, however I don’t think nothing would move forwards unless Japan abolishes the “jyuken” system.
… , however I don’t think we will be able to make any progress until Japan abolishes the “jyuken” system. (I agree with that 1000%!)
My parents were, so to speak, coaches.
One reason is, I think, that textbooks in Japan are too thin to study.
I was looking at a high school English textbook yesterday. It was so bad, that I just wanted to throw it in the bin.
I don’t think my parents are very smart.
I don’t think my parents are particularly smart.
And I think teachers today also don’t adapt these changes yet and are in a huge labyrinth now.
I don’t think that today’s teachers have adapted to these changes yet, which is why they are so confused.
I have many things to say about this topic but my English skill allows me to say all of them correctly.
I have many things to say about this topic, but my English is not good enough for me to express all of my ideas correctly.
But I heard from my mother that she studied …
My mother told me that… (A-Z: hear from)
my teacher made me to stay in school to study.
my teacher made me stay in school to study.
I want children to have much time to do what they want for their dream.
I want children to have enough time to follow their dreams.
I wish I was educated in the UK!
I wish I had been educated in the UK!
I like the way your parents did, …
You can’t use “do” like this. You would have to say, “I like the way your parents taught you” or “I like the way your parents brought you up.”
It is often said that German people are argumentative, but I think British people are the same!
No we’re not!
David recommended me to watch the video …
David recommended that I watch the video …
I didn’t complain about that, though I wished no school on Saturdays.
I didn’t complain about that, but I wished we didn’t have school on Saturday.
I’ll try to review my translations before posting them from now on.
I’m just very grateful that you do them! It’s good practice for other people to check them, too.
In my case, last year my husband and I completely forgot our 40th wedding anniversary.
Really! That’s quite surprising!
Thanks again for all the interesting comments. I’m sorry I don’t have time to correct everything. Have a great weekend.