Kids cleaning the school

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A short, hopefully provocative query today: Should we have the whole community — faculty and students — take charge in cleaning the school?

A little background:

I'm a devotee of Quora.com — think of it as a "Yahoo Answers" written by people who aren't entirely idiots. Some time ago, someone asked a question like "Why is Japan so free of litter?"

There were a number of good responses, but one stood out — that Japanese schools teach kids to value cleanliness.

I've lost the original post, but here's a similar explanation of how Japanese schools do it: by having the kids do the cleaning. (Yes, even toilets!)

I'll admit that I'm really drawn to this idea, but can't quite explicate my excitement for it. I'd be curious to poll our small community — what do y'all think about having kids and teachers do the cleaning?

Brandon Hendrickson

Seattle, WA