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50% of young adults felt education gap during school closures over virus: survey

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These would be the same young adults who spent the last two months sitting at hone playing video games, would it not?

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I noticed this (young ppl sensing an education gap) as well, especially among the 3rd year high school students. This was quite noticeable in how public high school students regarded private high school students who were doing online classes while the public schools had no such classes available to them. However, I don't think the gap is as bad as they imagine it to be and was rather surprised to listen to the high school students in my classes voicing such concerns. Of course the coronavirus pandemic has caused confusion, but I keep telling my students that this will eventually pass and to just keep moving forward.

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Many universities took proactive steps to assist their students who needed to take online classes. My son's university gave computers to students who needed them, gave wifi routers, and money as well to assist in setting them up too. The University also gave blanket 100,000 payments to ALL of it's students, and for those who needed extra assistance and additional 200,000 was available too. That along with the 100,000 from the government, and and additional 100,000 for those who lost jobs or could not work during that time, due to business closures, means that students could get and many did, upwards of 500,000

The universities themselves are to blame as well, as many had zero experience with doing online lessons, which is not as easy as many people may think! Also smaller universities dont have the money either, so once again there will be a difference between the "haves" and "have nots"

I would bet that many of the 50% who felt there was a "gap" entered university "just because" and entered universities or colleges, to skate away 4 years, get a paper degree, and avoid going to work, rather than actually LEARN anything!

The system here, while SLOOOOWWWWLLLLYYYYY changing still places too much emphasis on a college degree that is practically worthless in the real world, rather than learning or studying something that could be useful for their lives. I have met quite a few "dumb" college grads here!

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Maybe instead of two masks per every damn household, that money would've been better spent on providing a cheap laptop for every student who couldn't afford one.

All my friends' kids in the US and Europe finished out their school years online, to mention the Japanese private school kids.

The govt. should NOW be thinking and acting on the possibility of this happening again and provide a budget for comps and training for teachers on how to teach and assign HW online. It's not that hard.

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You cannot blame the children for playing video games full Shame on the education school board. They just stopped all education, yet, teachers were still showing up to schools getting paid for Doing what. Zero was being done for our children and especially with children who were already suffering and behind in their education because teachers don't like to do extra to help.

Parents trying to work, take care of their children and with ZERO help from the teachers or the school board absolutely, Nothing.

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Teaching online is not as easy as it seems. There is a huge learning curve for all parties involved, especially to main the same level of quality. Depending on the instructor, topic, and the nature of the course being taught, I would argue there is probably more work involved than in a face-to-face course. I also students have to be more proactive in online learning. They are not sure how to get the most out of online classes. I assume that most engage with classes like watching youtube, instagram and tiktok. They are probably just sitting there watching.

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Oh boo hoo. Sounds like just need to toughen up

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@Ashley

You cannot blame the children for playing video games full Shame on the education school board. They just stopped all education, yet, teachers were still showing up to schools getting paid for Doing what. Zero was being done for our children and especially with children who were already suffering and behind in their education because teachers don't like to do extra to help.

Parents trying to work, take care of their children and with ZERO help from the teachers or the school board absolutely, Nothing.

That is utter nonsense! You obviously do not have children or a paid poster. Anyone with children know that teachers regardless of competence are required to put in the hours for all kinds of responsibilities. I would even say they are required to take on responsibilities that should be left to other professionals. Japanese teaching is notorious for making teachers stay at school until 10PM to get everything done.

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@Yubaru

The system here, while SLOOOOWWWWLLLLYYYYY changing still places too much emphasis on a college degree that is practically worthless in the real world, rather than learning or studying something that could be useful for their lives. I have met quite a few "dumb" college grads here!

That is also nonsense! I college degree is not worthless. It depends on the curriculum, and those implementing them. Instead of going to an educated doctor, lawyer, accountant, architect, teacher or engineer, you should just go get your services from some random person on craigslist with experience in the real world.

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If you saw what the attempts at online classes by most you’d realize the corona situation was like a dying donkey on his last legs being shot in the thigh and told to go online. It was already out of date and dysfunctional. They do the cleaning thing right though....Now they are putting masks on already listless educators, who couldn’t project a voice with one mind you, and all the new awkward side glances and restrictions. The rush to catch up for the test is now on folks! The gates are open.

This is the end for the Japanese education system as we know it. Hopefully it’s a well needed chance to renew, research and find out what actual learning for the 20 th century looks like! ;p rote learning stuff was going nowhere anywhere. Content online will be for all to see and those that have some will thrive, those that don’t, well there’s always government handouts.

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I have a child and have been teaching on-line working along other teachers with the schools ensuring the students are getting taught and being respectful of their mental well being.

Unfortunately, my son cannot attend this school as English is not the main language otherwise I would have pulled him out of the public school and entered him in the school I work at.

Thank you, Yubaru for your constructive input very much appreciated.

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@Ashley

I have a child and have been teaching on-line working along other teachers with the schools ensuring the students are getting taught and being respectful of their mental well being.

Unfortunately, my son cannot attend this school as English is not the main language otherwise I would have pulled him out of the public school and entered him in the school I work at.

Thank you, Yubaru for your constructive input very much appreciated.

I question the quality of your teaching or your education credentials because on a previous article you claimed to be getting paid in cash for teaching and had to go pick up your salary during the pandemic.

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I college degree is not worthless. It depends on the curriculum, and those implementing them. Instead of going to an educated doctor, lawyer, accountant, architect, teacher or engineer, you should just go get your services from some random person on craigslist with experience in the real world.

Really? Tell this to the kid who is working at McDonald's because he cant get a "regular" job, as his degree is in some esoteric cultural field, and doesnt want to be a teacher here and the one job offer he did get was at a local DoCoMo shop, working at the counter, on a contract.

Much good his degree did.

Some people do get degrees in fields that matter, but if you know anything about Japan, far too many kids here, get into college, and then play for 4 years, graduate, and live with Mom and Dad for the rest of their natural lives!

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@Yubaru

Really? Tell this to the kid who is working at McDonald's because he cant get a "regular" job, as his degree is in some esoteric cultural field, and doesnt want to be a teacher here and the one job offer he did get was at a local DoCoMo shop, working at the counter, on a contract.

That is quite illogical!

Tell that to all the successful CEOs, Lawyers, Doctors, Accountants, Teachers, Politicians, Artists, Scientists, Engineers and Entrepreneurs!

I will concede that you don't need a degree to work at McDonald's, so maybe you are a little right!

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@Yubaru

Some people do get degrees in fields that matter, but if you know anything about Japan, far too many kids here, get into college, and then play for 4 years, graduate, and live with Mom and Dad for the rest of their natural lives!

You should be blaming the kids and also the curriculum of the university that "the kid" chooses! I have met students who select middle school and high schools because they simply like the school uniforms.

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You should be blaming the kids and also the curriculum of the university that "the kid" chooses! I have met students who select middle school and high schools because they simply like the school uniforms.

You dont blame kids for an "adult" problem! Universities that matter here are extremely difficult for most kids to get into, and because of pressure from parents, teachers, and society, the "need" real or otherwise, to get a college degree, for many, is just a waste of time and money!

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No digital kid left behind.

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Even after the pandemic, online learning, and using computers/tablets should be part of all learning institutions. All children should have access to a computer and the internet. Schools needs to up their abilities and programs. The post only mentions schools.

The ¥47 billion PM Abe spent on those masks, which we got, should have been spent on school computers.

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@Yubaru

You dont blame kids for an "adult" problem! Universities that matter here are extremely difficult for most kids to get into, and because of pressure from parents, teachers, and society, the "need" real or otherwise, to get a college degree, for many, is just a waste of time and money!

You are all over the place with your illogical argument. First, it is universities don't matter. Now it is the universities fault because some are difficult to get into. That McDonald's analogy ain't working out.

Based on your logic, why does it matter if some are more difficult than other? You just called them useless!

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@Yubaru

You dont blame kids for an "adult" problem!

Then who should I blame for this?

here, they get into college, and then play for 4 years, graduate, and live with Mom and Dad for the rest of their natural lives!

That looks like a kid problem!

You are not sure what you mean!

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All my friends' kids in the US and Europe finished out their school years online.

There have been numerous reports in US/UK newspapers about problems with on-line instruction, especially the gap resulting from income differences. How to make up for lost time is an on-going issue in Britain.

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These people say how they 'feel' and don't actually check if they are right or not...

I would bet that many of the 50% who felt there was a "gap" entered university "just because" and entered universities or colleges, to skate away 4 years, get a paper degree, and avoid going to work, rather than actually LEARN anything!

I think a lot of my students are very happy all the lectures and classes are online because they don't have to get out of bed. Despite having more time many of them still aren't doing what they're supposed to outside my contact hours

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If inequality was not defined as a parameter by the "researchers", the subjectivity of having participants self-define makes it impossible to draw any meaningful conclusions from the data they gathered, It's speculative, at best.

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In Japan, the battle is pretty much over once you get into university. The young people who've been affected by coronavirus the most are jukensei, third year JHS and third year SHS studying to get into a good school next year. Ideally SHS and universities would change their entrance procedures next year to account for it, but Japanese institutions are not good at thinking out of the box.

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Who needs Universities when we have the internet. Online schooling is the best. You can get all your education from the internet super highway. But then working from home is not a good idea because managers will be like screaming I dont have VISIBILITY what did you get done today with anger.

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