What did you usually do in class? In Japan more than 40% of high school students doze off in class, according to a recent survey done by the Japan Youth Research Institute (questioned 6,000 students). Residents from four countries supplied the data: Japan, the U.S., China and South Korea. It seems that Japan was the winner with the most snoozers during class at 45.1%, followed by South Korea at 32.3%, then U.S. at 20.8% and China at 4.7%. Having the above in mind, not surprisingly the poll found also that Japanese students participate less in class than their peers in the other countries. While in Japan over 90% take notes, only 14.3% speak up in class; the smallest percentage among the four participating countries.
Japan’s high school students were once renowned for their diligence and self-discipline, but now are slacking off and falling behind their peers elsewhere in the world according to the study. The reason for the sleep deprivation is according to the students: staying up late to do e-mailing or playing games, which results in having lower concentration in school. “Japanese students are happy with the status quo and lack vision about their future,” the institute’s head Tamotsu Sengoku told AFP last month. “Among all the nations studied, Japan is particularly bad.” I am wondering whether at this age many students give up to reach for the stars for the rest of their lives? Why is it OK to sleep in class? Or have Japanese students simply learned over time that last minute efforts pays out. The study found also that Japanese students tended to “cram” information immediately before tests, while their foreign peers tended to study more regularly.
I might be naive, but I wish more students would realize the advantage of learning a lot while at young age, because the brain will certainly not cope better with learning with old age.
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