教働='KYODO' is the original word of our own, consisting of 'KYO' or 'teach' and 'DO' or 'work.'
The word 'Kyodo' represents our mission is collecting columns concerning 'TEACHers' WORKstyle' and sharing them with as many people as possible.
Also, we put the notion of 'cooperation,' another meaning of 'kyodo' into our activities.
～For Teachers and Everyone Living with Teachers～
Bukatsu deprives, destroys their days, and depresses them
Bukatsu is Japan's unique school culture.
Bukatsu is a Japanese word meaning "club activities at school."
What do you imagine from the word "club activities?"
Perhaps you enjoy some activity with your friends for a short time, a few times a week at most.
However, Japan has a completely different, awful "school club systems."
Almost all of the high schools and junior high schools have school clubs affiliated to the school.
School clubs have two categories, sports and cultural activities.
...These are not strange facts. So far.
School clubs in Japan contain three surprising facts, compared to "(school) clubs" as you know.
1. Students are STRONGLY expected to join a club at school, sometimes compulsory.
2. Teachers working at school are also to coach all the clubs at school.
3. Many of the clubs have activities/trainings more than 5 days a week, even on Sats&Suns.
Are you surprised? ...If so, not enough. Let's see more details.
Many teachers in Japan, who are being exploited for bukatsu (instructing school clubs), make their despairing voices: suspicions for bukatsu escalating and depriving holidays, negotiations with Principals for rejecting requests to be a komon (school club instructor), anxiety that bukatsu may deprive them of the time for everything else. 'Should we be here at school for teaching students in class?' In reality, however, bukatsu is depriving them of time and money, and is harming them mentally.
While teachers are sacrificing their holidays for bukatsu, their families are also suffering deeply. Is it desirable that the teachers spend far more time on Saturdays& Sundays with the students of the club than their own children? The teachers' parents are also worried about them getting exhausted both physically and mentally.
Parents, whose children are crammed with bukatsu through the year, also suspect that bukatsu may do harm them. Forcing students to join school clubs is violating their human rights, as well as forcing teachers to become a komon (school club instructor). Do you know that some of PTA membership fees you are evenly required to pay is being diverted to the expenses of bukatsu?