Education spending in Japan

Good morning eveyrone,

Today is looking like the last sunny day for a while. Luckily they aren't calling for rain tomorrow, but unfortunately it's supposed to cloudy all day. Then, to be honest, the weatherman isn't too sure about what's going to happen from Tuesday....it won't be sunny, but it may rain or it may not...and that is true for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday...I'm going to try to head to work early and sneak in a short run this morning before my guitar lesson...just in case it does rain all week...the Peace Marathon is less than two months away! And I'm not even close to being ready...

Whenever I've gone to Japanese schools, I've always felt that things were a little outdated...it's hard to put my figure on one thing exactly...but...I don't know...they just seemed old. And what I mean by that is that they look exactly the same way my elementary school did...over 30 years ago.

Then, when I went home, I walked to the elementary school of my best friend's kids and it was so amazing. It was so modern and high-tech. Again, it's hard to say exactly, but if you saw it, you'd understand. And no, it wasn't a new school. It was built a long time ago.

Then I saw headline  this in the news a couple of days ago and it might explain a little...

"Japan stays in bottom in public education spending for the fourth straight year"
Japan remained bottom among 32 comparable Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development member states in public spending on education in 2011, an OECD survey showed Tuesday.

Public expenditure on education represented only 3.8 pct of the nation's gross domestic product, compared with the OECD average of 5.6 pct. Japan ranked bottom for the fifth consecutive year.

Denmark and Norway ranked top, with 8.7 pct, followed by Iceland and New Zealand, where the rate stood at 7.4 pct.

(Just in case you were wondering, Canada's spending is at 5.6%)

If I ever get married and have kids-hey! Don't laugh! It's still not too late...yet...! Ha ha! Ok...Ok...you can stop laughing now. Seriously though, if I ever get married and have kids...I said STOP laughing! (and in the case of my mom, stop crying...ha ha!)

So...if I ever get married and have kids, I'll probably relocate to Canada before they hit kindergarten. No offence to the teachers out there. You guys work so hard! I know. I've heard some of the stories. For those of you out there who complain about the teachers-show a little love! They are the most overworked teachers in the OECD! Cut them some slack...I, on the other hand, will just make their life a bit easier...I'll take my 3 kids with me to Canada and we can all live in my mom's basement...did you hear that mom? I hope you're getting the renovations started! Ha ha!

Have a great day!

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