We can learn from Japanese schools, writes Bill Costello of Making Minds Matter on Education News. On Okinawa, Kadena Elementary has no janitor or cafeteria workers. Students clean the school and serve the school lunch.
The social curriculum helps students develop autonomy, responsibility and a strong work ethic.
The school lunch, cooked at a central location, is much healthier than typical U.S. school lunches.
Students “have recess every day and participate in a rigorous physical exercise program.” In class, students “stood up and moved around while learning. They played educational games and learned by seeing, hearing and doing.”