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Fight 喧嘩

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Journal for 2005-11-16 Wed..
Weather: Cloudy Plan: Akagi JHS

Today before the 9th grade English class, a boy, Mr. D, punched a girl, Ako, multiple times. And not just joke punches, real fight-like full-on punches. Ako is a srong woman, so she didn't cry, but men hitting women is totally wrong. If this were America, Mr. D would have been sent to the principal's office and his parents would be called, but here in Japan they do nothing.

天気: 雲 行事: 赤来中


Today's Kanji
Meaning (意味): winter

Chinese Reading (音読み):
Reading Romaji
Japanese Reading (訓読み):
Reading Romaji
Vocabulary (単語):
Word Reading Romaji Translation
暖冬だんとうdantoumild winter
越冬えっとうettoupassing the winter
立冬りっとうrittoufirst day of winter

Trevor Lalish-Menagh
  • Do you have the freedom to remark upon such behavior to the students? Not mentioning names but cite interesting cultural differences regarding violence, or some such?
    • I suppose there would be nothing to stop me talking to the students about it except for the lack of language skills to do it. I discussed it with my JTEs, but beyond that I am limited.
  • Did she fight back at least??
    • Ah, this is the thing. Ako is a fisty girl. I should call her Bko, but...
      When she was a 7th grader she was always messing around with the guys, she is a real tomboy, but she is also really cute, so the teachers had to teach her that boys can be bad for cute girls... So she learned not to roughhouse with the guys as the years went by.
      I don't doubt that she would have gotten in trouble if she fought back, so she didn't. But I think she could handle the situation, she was barely fazed.
  • It seems strange that getting in any sort of fight, intergender or not, would normally merit some sort of disciplinary action...

    I had heard that discipline is pretty lax in public schools because nobody has the authority to deny a student graduation for any reason (though maybe you can't graduate if you're in juvenille prison or something?), but I didn't know that they just don't do anything when people are punching people.
    • That is true. There are two interesting things about students' rights in Japan that are different than America. First, all you have to do is SURVIVE until you ar 15 to get a diploma from JHS, the last bastion of compulsive education in Japan. I have seen kids here not come to school ONCE in 3 years and on graduation day they come in with their parents and get a diploma.

      The other thing is the Students' Rights Act which states that a student, no matter what they do, cannot legally be denied the right to an education. The way this is implemented is that no matter what a kid does IN CLASS you, as a teacher, are NOT allowed to have that student leave the classroom during class. No going to the principal's office, no calling of the parents, no nothing. As a result your bad students can be as bad as they want to be.

      There IS a reason for the law, though. Before it was enacted, Japanese schools has a serious Teacher/Student violence issue. Teachers would phyiscally repremand students that were out of line, expell them from classes, and do other disciplinary actions that we in America would more than likely consider too harsh.

      What can you do? Nothing much besides a stern talking to by the teachers in charge of the class, and if that doesn't work you are up a creek.
  • Damn! I go away for a day and all hell breaks loose. Is she ok? Well, I suppose you'll tell me in the morning ;)
    • She is fine. Ako is a real trouper. I doubt any man could beat the will out of her. She has the strongest will of any student I have seen thus far in Japan.
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