American and Japanese schools both aim to provide the highest quality education to their students, but their teaching and learning methods differ significantly. These differences can be attributed to the contrasting cultures and upbringings that each country’s parents instill in their children.
American schools take a more lenient approach to teaching. They provide students with methods to solve problems and encourage them to apply these lessons to find solutions. Students are often given homework, which is typically discussed in class. American classes usually last for 30-40 minutes, and students have about nine classes per day.
In Japan, students are taught to develop their own methods for solving problems. They learn independently, using various techniques. Japanese schools have fewer classes per day, but each class lasts for 45-60 minutes. Students are highly encouraged to learn English and are strongly supported in their academic pursuits.
- American schools provide problem-solving methods and encourage students to apply them, while Japanese schools teach students to create their own solutions.
- Japanese students spend all day in one classroom, with teachers moving between classes, while American students move from class to class throughout the day as teachers remain in one room.
- Japanese teachers are highly respected and have more interaction with students, while American teachers may not receive the same level of respect or have as much interaction with students.