Japanese Pre-Collegiate Schooling

All I have to say is that I do not want to attend any schools prior to college in Japan. In the Japanese junior high school and high school there is a tremendous amount of work that is done. To prepare for applying to a college, Japanese students, depending on their ambitions, may go to school for 10 hours a day. They attend their regular high school and then an additional “cram” school where they attend from after their regular school ends (around 2 or 3) until around 6 or 7 at night. Now you may ask what do they do in their spare time? Not much. Many of these students miss out on many of the things that a normal kid in the United States experience when they’re going through school like sports, hanging out with friends, and shenanigans. All of this extra work is all in preparation of a few exams an applications that determine what colleges/universities they’ll get accepted into. Once they get into college though it’s a whole different ball game.

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