Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Sexual Harassment Dice?
Recently, Japan has been a bit silent on the odd news section and the media has been dominated by politics, bear invasions and Chinese Japan bashing, but now some quite entertaining news have emerged.
Apparently an elementary school teacher in Saitama went creative when it came to keeping control of the kids in his class and put to use a device smartly called "The Sexual Harassment Dice" which came into use when kids were misbehaving. (see here in Japanese). To be completely fair, the whole deal seems quite harmless as the actions written on the sides of the dice hardly by any definition could be considered sexual (among the "worst" was "hug" and "kiss on the cheek"). But the media has picked up on this and one news show showed a giant sized replicate of the dice used to illustrate more in detail. The purpose seemed to be to, in a good nature, discourage misbehavior by having it thrown when someone had done something to disrupt the lessons and have minor innocent, but embarrasing for kids, actions on it.
What I find most entertaining/puzzling though is how any teacher of young children can think it's a good idea to call this little device "The Sexual Harassment Dice", if it had been called, say "Misbehavior Dice" or something like that, my guess is that no one would be picking up on it and he could have happily used it to the days of retirement...