Aside from turning out some of the world’s top students, Japanese schools are helping them become some of the most conscientious citizens. They are teaching kids a simple lesson: how to clean up after themselves.
The practice, which starts when students are in first grade and continues right through high school, involves floor dusting, furniture moving and cleaning the hallways.
If students are personally required to take care of their surroundings, the thinking goes, they will waste less and treat their environment with more respect. The group cleaning also creates an equalizing sense of purpose and community among those who participate. The idea has also taken root in other parts of Asia, such as Taiwan and South Korea.
Author: Owen Phillips
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