While prioritizing family over career may be the first course in many other countries, Japan isn’t one to encourage such behavior. Such was the case when a high school teacher in her 50s from Saitama was criticized by some of her colleagues and parents after she chose to attend her son’s entrance ceremony rather than the school where she is teaching.
Entrance day in Japan is a huge deal among educators, parents and students alike. So it was no surprise that the teacher, who is a parent herself, chose to attend her son’s ceremony. To make up for her absence, she left a note to be passed on to her student wards expressing regret for missing the event. The note said, “As your homeroom teacher, I am deeply sorry to be unable to greet you all in person on the important day of your entrance ceremony.” While this may seem like a very polite way to welcome your students in your absence, some did not take kindly to what she did.
Koichi Gono, an assemblyman who was a guest at her school’s entrance ceremony said, “She is lacking in appreciation of her duties as a homeroom teacher, and also in ethics as an educator.” Further adding his doubts on the school principal’s capabilities for allowing such to happen. But she wasn’t the only teacher to not attend the ceremony, as three others took the time off, which had the Board of Education worried and prompting them to issue a statement that tells the educators to “think of themselves as teachers, first and foremost, when choosing a course of action.” However, some netizens were supportive, describing the reaction as “making a big deal out of it.” Others also welcomed the paradigm shift, when teachers who are also parents prioritize their families first.
[via Japan Crush]