It is always fascinating to see how different cultures carry out day-to-day routines. What you are about to see is no different.
While lunchtime for many of us in elementary school meant kicking a ball around or chasing members of the opposite gender with a cootie stick, one school in Saitama, Japan, has turned lunch into an educational period.
What is even more remarkable is where the food served comes from. Students at the school grow and prepare vegetables on the school’s farm and serve it to their fellow students. They even have to clean up after themselves once lunch is all done.
If any principal even thought of doing this here in North America, I wonder how many people would cry “child abuse?”
However, that is the thing about what’s being done in this Japanese school – It is not abuse. Teachers have found a way to make it collaborative and fun, teaching kids valuable skills about serving and being aware of others and teaching them how to grow food in the process. These children will have an increased appreciation for such things, something I think many of our kids could do well with.