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There are still many cases where even though students do make their voices heard, conservative teachers do not readily accept their views. To what extent children's sense of self-determination can flourish is down to adults. A change in thinking among teachers is needed.

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Ryo Uchida, an associate professor in education sociology at Nagoya University Graduate School of Education and Human Development. High school students have begun calling for changes to what they see as unreasonable limits on their freedom, such as why girls can't wear pants instead of skirts, why there are rules about the color of students' underclothes and why their hair must be black.

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They're children, they should do what they're told and respect societal norms. Otherwise it will become like America

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@Wobot - they're human beings with the right to their autonomy, and this includes being able to speak their mind. Classrooms should be a two-way street where both teachers and students challenge each other. I was lucky enough to have teachers who would encourage their students to express their own thoughts and opinions, challenge and argue with them in a fair and constructive manner, and to explore solutions from different avenues.

Teachers in Japan, especially the conservative, older ones, need to start seeing their students are people with voices and minds of their own, instead of another cog in the machine. Encourage them to exercise their critical thinking skills; foster their ability to speak their mind; and allow them their creativity.

High school students have begun calling for changes to what they see as unreasonable limits on their freedom, such as why girls can't wear pants instead of skirts, why there are rules about the color of students' underclothes and why their hair must be black.

Good. I'm glad some of the kids are pushing back on these utterly ridiculous, absurd, and discriminatory rules that have no bearing whatsoever on the student's ability to study. Why can't female students wear pants if they so wished? It gets pretty nippy in winter; don't they have the right to be warm and comfortable going to school? As for the "hair must be black" - who in the h*ll came up with this asinine rule? Honest to Pete it's so ridiculous, I'd think it a joke if I didn't know it was true. Not all Japanese people are born with black hair. Not all Japanese people are born to parents who are both Japanese and thus may have inherited the coloring of their non-Japanese parent.

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Good. I'm glad some of the kids are pushing back on these utterly ridiculous, absurd, and discriminatory rules that have no bearing whatsoever on the student's ability to study. Why can't female students wear pants if they so wished? It gets pretty nippy in winter; don't they have the right to be warm and comfortable going to school? As for the "hair must be black"

Agree that certain rules are important but the pants, underwear and hair color ones are obsolete and unreasonable. Change them!

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The high school I teach at has introduced pants for girls, though so far I have only seen one girl wear pants. I think the trend will be for that. AFAIK, the school doesn't have any rules on underwear. I wouldn't want to have to be the one to check that out. Two of my kids have brown hair, but none of the schools they went to even asked about it.

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Their damned ‘job’ is to learn everything of the knowledge that is generously provided and paid by the society, for themselves and their own future. It’s not their task to question everything or even demanding a more liberal daily fashion show. It’s something else outside the school building or area. There, I would support that, they could freely decide what they want to wear or do in their leisure time. But again, that also only if they already have completed their homework for the next day beforehand.

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Lack of pants option for girls seems ridiculous in this day and age.

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Well its Japan. Rules and regulations for sake of their own existence is what's going on here.

High school students have begun calling for changes to what they see as unreasonable limits on their freedom, such as why girls can't wear pants instead of skirts, why there are rules about the color of students' underclothes and why their hair must be black.

What shocked me was there are rules about the color of students' underclothes.

I'm HOPING that underclothes does not mean underwear..?

Someone help me out here please.

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Well its Japan. Rules and regulations for sake of their own existence is what's going on here.

elaborate it a little more, will you?

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Good. I'm glad some of the kids are pushing back on these utterly ridiculous, absurd, and discriminatory rules that have no bearing whatsoever on the student's ability to study. Why can't female students wear pants if they so wished? It gets pretty nippy in winter; don't they have the right to be warm and comfortable going to school? As for the "hair must be black" - who in the h*ll came up with this asinine rule? Honest to Pete it's so ridiculous, I'd think it a joke if I didn't know it was true. Not all Japanese people are born with black hair. Not all Japanese people are born to parents who are both Japanese and thus may have inherited the coloring of their non-Japanese parent.

Isn't this about some specific private girls' high schools in Japan? Perhaps you are positive those girls putting tattoo on their body anyway they like if they so wished?

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Well its Japan. Rules and regulations for sake of their own existence is what's going on here.

elaborate it a little more, will you?

I mean in Japan there are rules that don't make any sense.

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*Well its Japan**. Rules and regulations for sake of their own existence is what's going on here.*

elaborate it a little more, will you?

I mean in Japan there are rules that don't make any sense.

Did you? It doesn't look you described part of Japanese rules and regulations but rather looks the entire of it.

Anyway, I did some digging in your posts, there too many I found out to copy/paste here. Just some of them.

For today's portion I just copy your parts where, you are just parroting ( as per described by the poster you called susan, who criticized your posts yesterday) or responding to someone else's posts.

Is this a joke?

Yes. Its Japan.

 

struggled to take the initiative????

Its japanese talk for other Japanese

just sounds like they're slack and inconsiderate.

no that's only for FOREIGN pet owners

Antiquesaving

so so true. the Japanese just do not know how to think outside the box

Total incompetence. Cant make up it's mind just like jgov.

Yup! That's Japan.

Never going to happen William- Japan is too self centered for that

Ehemm, China 9 golds - US 8...

LOOOOL!!..

Japan 3

LOOOOL!!..

For companies like us, employees are valuable assets,

Very unjapanese.

Of course. they are 3rd world.

 

Without me giving you original posters parts, you surely remember what these were all about.

I see not only any intelligence in these replies of yours but also any healthy criticism. No constructive criticism for the good of Japan at all.

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Next time don’t take so long to write back. I look forward to a nice long night of healthy debate with you.

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