Homeschooling in Japan

Imagine this. You wake up, dress, brush your teeth: all that morning stuff. Then, you sit down comfortably at your desk at home, and start learning from your favorite teacher: either your mom or your dad!

There are no other children around you (except your own siblings) until the afternoon!

This is how it is to be a homeschooler on weekdays. You don’t go to a building to learn from a paid teacher or learn with a bunch of other kids. You learn at your home and learn from your parents.

But homeschooling is a bit different when you’re in Japan compared to some other countries. So today I want to tell you what it’s like.

First of all, compared to the States, there are very few homeschoolers in Japan. Often when I tell people I’m a homeschooler, I get a blank look. Homeschooling also often gets mistaken with free schooling. People don’t understand that we learn in our homes, not play video games all day. We do the same thing in our homes as they do in the schools, except not with a lot of people. There are many kids in Japan that get bullied at school and drop out of school, and that is why there are more free schoolers than homeschoolers.

One thing that is kind of a pain about homeschooling in Kyoto is that we have to meet teachers in the nearest school once a month. They need to check if my parents aren’t abusing me and my siblings! At first they also checked to see what we were learning.

As far as I know, they don’t do that often in America. They may check if you are learning, but not once a month! The people in most parts in Japan aren’t used to having homeschoolers.

But even through all of this, I like to be homeschooled. I can spend more time with my family. I’m not forced to stop and do extra work on math when I really want to keep writing. I don’t have to be in a school, go home and do more homework apart from my family. Homeschooling suits me.

So, what do you think? If you are a homeschooler, do you have any of these experiences, or do you see a difference with your experiences and mine?

Here’s the discussion question if you are a homeschooler: Why do you homeschool? And if you aren’t: What do you think about it?

Now, as usual, God bless and see you next time!

8 thoughts on “Homeschooling in Japan

  1. This is really neat! I’ve never thought that much about what homeschooling in other countries looks like.

    Do the teachers have a test for you to take each month? Or do they just ask a few questions or something?

    And do your parents get to pick what/how you learn? Or is there a curriculum that you’re required to use?

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    1. Glad you liked it, Rachel! Yes, homeschooling in different countries can be pretty different!

      They don’t have a test, but we ask us what we’ve been doing that month, and how we spend our days. Then they give us some work sheets that they ask us to do!

      For English schooling, my dad picks things that he thinks are good for me. But for Japanese schooling, which my mom teaches me, the above paragraph probably answered your question. We can choose what kind of books we want to choose, but the things we learn are pretty much chosen.

      Does this answer your questions?

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  2. Oh wow, I never realized homeschooling was so different there in Japan. Even here in America, I get some blank stares when I say I’m being homeschooled. Excellent article, Noah!


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