In life, we pass many age-related milestones, like starting and leaving school, becoming a legal adult (it’s now at 20 years old in Japan, but it will be 18 from 1st April, 2022).
Education for children is important but, in many countries, the question is, what education. Education is to learn what is needed to be an adult and function in society, so not only learning school subjects but also how to be a good person. Today, many teachers just concentrate on teaching their particular subject, and many children do not see how this is relevant. However, teaching teenagers about the Law, what it means and how it works should be valuable to teach them an important life skill.
Education should show children different ideas and give them different experiences, rather than forcing them to learn what are supposed to be facts. This approach works quite well with teenagers, but not with very young children. These children must first be taught the basics of reading, writing and mathematics and facts in other subjects.
Education must have a purpose, and it should be to equip children with the knowledge and skills they will need in their life, and which they will use.
The recent lockdowns will increase the tendency that everything is online, and even pre-school children have tablets, and children will have less time outdoors and become used to spending more time at home these days.
Young children should not be allowed to own mobile phones unless under adults’ supervision, but we should not forget about the development of children’s independence and the acceptance of the recent technology. The word “young children” has a wide meaning, so I would like to make it clear I mean the children between aged 5-10 group and 11-17 group.
Children aged 5-10 are still small, and it would be hard for them to decide what is right and wrong properly, so using their own mobile phone is not ideal unless under adequate supervision. In addition, the blue light which is beamed by mobile phones might badly affect the children’s eyesight. The physical health of children in this age group should come first.
The health issue mentioned above should also be prioritised for the children whose age is 11 to 17, but they are growing physically and mentally, so using their own device to some extent is needed for their social development nowadays, because many children have their own mobile as their communication tool. Getting used to the technological equipment might be useful when they become old enough, because most of the current systems are set up by computers.
All in all, all of us should take account of the balance between the modern lifestyle and the recent innovations. Adults have a responsibility both for children’s wellbeing and their technological interaction, and a flexible approach for young children is worth considering. Moreover, it would be possible to be safe outdoors again, hopefully soon.
Today is the coming of age day in Japan, which is a bank holiday. I am sorry for young adults who turn 20 years old in this year as there is not much to celebrate with so many new Covid-19 infections. The numbers of new cases these days are very worrying. I hope they keep determined and are diligent about their study.
Since I left college, I’ve wished that I had spent more time on certain areas of study, making friends with more people or joining more societies. However, at different times, I’ve wished I’d spent that time on different things, and there was only so much time in those two years that doing everything wasn’t possible.
If we don’t have any regrets about things we did or didn’t do in the past, we are either perfect or (much more likely) we don’t realise the mistakes we’ve made.
The situation at the moment is no one’s fault. Their current time isn’t completely wasted, as it must plant some seed for the future, such as wanting to study and go abroad.
I hope they and their family are keeping well in these unusual times.
Most years, there are so many fireworks, and people in the streets going from house to house, but it was right that this should have been quiet New Year’s days, as there is not much to celebrate with so many new infections. The numbers of new cases in these last few days are very worrying.
It might not be appropriate to say at this moment, but I think it is a right time to talk about wishes after death and treatment at the difficult moment because we are generally very busy working, planning and having pastimes, but all of us are mortal, so it is important to let families and friends know what to do.
My father had suffered Parkinson’s disease for more than 15 years, but he always said that he wanted to live long, and I suppose that is humans’ instinct. I believe my family did out best. We organised to access important documents and tidy up them.
Life is full of precious moments. It’s incredibly important to do those conversations as well as everyday chatting.