When I first attended this meeting, I was surprised to see the huge gap between foreign teachers' attitude and that of Japanese teachers. When a chairperson asked something, many foreign teachers immediately said their opinions and sometimes said funny jokes. On the contrary, Japanese teachers were very quiet and rarely said their opinions.
I wonder why Japanese people can't say their opinions in public. The major reason I come up with is that Japanese people haven't experienced to discuss, debate or make a speech at school. When I was in school, a teacher was the only person who was allowed to talk in the classroom. Students had to be quiet and to behave in the classroom. That's why most Japanese people are not accustomed to giving an opinion in public.
I think that school teachers in western countries train children to be assertive, otherwise they don't understand each other. In my opinion, Japanese people should speak out how they think and state their opinions clearly. Being submissive is not a virtue in a globalized world. What do you think?
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Since I work at an English school as a teacher, foreign teachers and Japanese teachers including myself attend a seminar to learn effective ways of teaching English and to share some information. Foreign teachers nationalities are the US, the UK, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, the philippines, Kenya