Japanese Schools Don’t Hire Janitors For Good Reason – USA Should Copy This [VIDEO]

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Our education system has become a leftist indoctrination tank for children. It’s become a place where children are coddled and taught that addressing another student by “he” or “she” based on their genetic makeup is unacceptable and in many cases the punishment for not following the PC rules are more severe than for actually breaking school rules…like for instance skipping school for an entire day to protest our newly elected President. It doesn’t stop in elementary either. The leftist indoctrination is ramped up in college, where a large number of professors are leading the charge in promoting an anti-American sentiments while openly criticizing our American culture, history and our values.

As America watches major corporations and companies that our children will look to for employment after college like Nordstrom, Starbucks, Google, Apple and TJMaxx, who openly oppose our President for taking steps to secure our nation from people who would like to harm us, one has to wonder, how will our country survive? How can we expect this coddled, indoctrinated generation to stand up for our Constitution? If generation snowflake is being taught that they don’t need to really earn anything, and that the reason our government exists is to take care of them and to make decisions on their behalf; how can we expect them to even know how to carry the torch of freedom for the greatest nation on earth?

When you really think about it, is it any wonder the Left went after Betsy DeVos’ nomination like a pack of rabid dogs?

Watch NPR employee and Afghanistan refugee (who was eventually arrested) join others as they block our newly appointed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos from entering a school in DC on her first day on the job:

After decades of building a radical army of educators and militant leftist union leaders who contribute solely to Democrat politicians that support their agenda, they know there’s a real possibility their tentacles are about to be snipped. There’s a real possibility that charter schools will replace failing public schools, that revisionist history will be replaced with actual history. And even more threatening to many teachers is the idea of accountability. Teachers who are no longer interested in teaching, or are just interested in teaching their own radical agenda to our children, who know they have the incredible protection of the teachers union behind them, will be replaced with teachers who are eager to teach our children. And maybe along the way, we can find a way to restore an attitude of pride in the United States, instead of finding ways to divide us, by teaching students to respect our nation and to respect their fellow American.

Japan seems to have figured out how to instill pride and respect for their fellow students while giving them a sense of purpose and personal responsibility through their self-janitor program.  Charter schools in Oregon (of all places) and in Tennessee have adopted Japan’s philosophy of  responsibility and accountability with surprising results. Sorry leftists, but a little work at the end of the day isn’t going to harm our little snowflakes, it’s not child labor, it’s called personal responsibility and learning a strong work ethic… and we haven’t even discussed the benefit of the cost savings for taxpayers…

Back in 2011, Newt Gingrich was running for president, and he proposed a radical idea to help schools cut costs: Fire the janitors and pay students to do the cleaning.

Needless to say, the idea to turn students into moonlighting janitors had about as much support as Gingrich’s presidential campaign.

But ask Kim De Costa and she’ll say there isn’t anything radical about asking students to clean up after themselves. At her school, there are no janitors. Instead, students in grades 6-12 meet in teams once or twice a week to clean assigned areas.

De Costa is the executive director of the Armadillo Technical Institute. It’s a public charter school in Phoenix, Ore., a few miles from the California border.

For 30 minutes after lunch, students sweep, mop, take out the trash and even clean the bathrooms — but responsibilities rotate so no one is stuck scrubbing toilets more than two or three times a year.

De Costa says it’s easy to encourage students to respect their environment when they’re the ones responsible for preserving it.

“We really wanted a school where the students took ownership and made it their own,” says De Costa, who helped found ATI in 1999.

The school still has maintenance staff for the difficult or dangerous work. But for the most part, students at ATI handle the daily upkeep. And with a little help from peer pressure, the school stays clean.

Eden Cox, a 10th-grader, says that recently she had to confront a classmate after he left a mess behind. “I got on to him and said, ‘Can you please throw your trash away so I don’t have to,’ ” Cox recalls.

“After all, it’s our school,” she says, with an emphasis on “our.”

Places like ATI that build cleanup into the curriculum are rare in the United States.

But in Japan, there’s a long tradition of students cleaning their own schools.

There, “school is not just for learning from a book,” says Michael Auslin — a former English teacher in Japan. “It’s about learning how to become a member of society and taking responsibility for oneself,” says Auslin, who is now a resident scholar and director of Japan studies at the American Enterprise Institute.

To make cleaning easier, Japanese students put on slippers before entering the classroom to prevent dirt from being dragged into the room.

Many Hands Make Light Work

At Brentwood Academy outside Nashville, Tenn., keeping the school spick-and-span is just part of the daily routine for students.

Each day before P.E., students at the private prep school report for 10 minutes of “clean-up” duty in their assigned areas.

Susan Shafer, the school’s director of communications, considers “clean-up” an additional component of the school’s mission of educating the whole person.

“We’re trying to train them for life,” says Shafer. “They’re all going to go to college. No one is going to clean their dorm room for them.”

Maddie Jarrard, an 11th-grader, is responsible for dusting a classroom every day. She says even after sports games, Brentwood players are expected to stay behind to pick up any trash left in the stands.

“They’re not only trying to keep the place clean,” says Jarrard, referring to Brentwood’s staff. “But they’re also trying to build character in each student.”

While some parents might balk at the idea of a school taking time away from class to make students push a broom, educators at both ATI and Brentwood both say that parents have shown overwhelming support. – NPR

 

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