Shower Thoughts

I always come up with my best and most interesting ideas in the shower. Unfortunately, I never write them down. Sometimes I am lucky enough to remember them. Today, two things came up.

1. Do the companies that provide you with water sell you the actual water, or just the service? I would assume it would be the water itself, as they charge per liter. Therefore, any recycling of said water, and then charging again for it would be, in a sense – illegal. They are taking the water we paid for, cleaning it and then selling it again. We should get a cut for the water that goes down our drains – if it ends back up at the shower-head.

2. Tests in Japanese high schools are stupid. This may only apply to the school I teach at, but the way students are prepared for tests (English anyway) is ridiculous. Again, this is based upon my personal experience so your opinion may differ. What I remember about tests in ‘High School’ or ‘College’ (that’s what we call it in New Zealand) is that the teacher would tell you that: 1. There is a test and 2. Everything you have learnt in class so far may or may not be in it.

This makes sense, as the purpose of a test is to see how much you have learnt. Now compare it to the tests at my Japanese high school. First, the teacher will tell the students there is a test. Second, what particular section of related textbooks will be covered in the test. The teacher, under the assumption the students are semi-retarded may or may not provide the exact page numbers and/or actual test questions to ensure all of them pass the test.

To be fair to the teachers, the entire education system over here is messed up, so it’s not entirely their fault. They are expected to have an average class score of around 65% to keep people happy. Students in Japan aren’t allowed to fail no matter how stupid they are.

Thats enough ranting for today.


  1. I am supposed to comment on this only because it appears that you don’t quite get it, and you linked it to your facebook page, which means you must really want people to read this.
    Even with all that “hand holding”, plenty of students still fail the tests. And, to be clear, exams and tests are taken seriously, so often review sheets are given, and many teachers hold review sessions for their students. I remember the same thing in my high school in the USA. Review sheets and review sessions does not mean that anyone involved is “retarded”.

  2. Thought I might get you to bite 🙂 Just venting some of my frustration, that’s all.

  3. He has a point about the education system as a whole being off-kilter, though, Mande. That’s not to say it isn’t elsewhere, you know? I mean hell, it’s much worse off in what, most of the rest of the world?

    I personally lay most of the blame at the feet of the Japan Teachers Union. It’s an absolutely batshit insane organization.

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