Your elementary is better, but your junior and high school doesn't cut it. You teach your kids far more information in elementary than we do, but you don't teach them to think later on. That's no problem in elementary, because kids don't know anything yet, so how can they have a real opinion, and we're wrong about that in the West. In JHS and HS, they need to think, not memorize. Especially now that you can get information immediately, why bother to memorize: learn to find it and use it.He smiled at me and said, "That's what I think, too." He also told me that their Tokyo University and Waseda graduates were smart enough, but useless: always asking what they should do - never thinking on their own. I have said this plenty on my blog; I have said this plenty to my native-wife; damn it was good to have him tell her this! She has to listen to him, the husband of her senpai. Japan's problem is those 'elite-university' idiots run the country, but that is little different than the 'Ivy League.'
*... a lot better than my Japanese, so I'm no position to criticize.
# I will always recommend good sake/nihon-shu over anything else for a less painful hangover, and warn you off bad sake for the worst. Do not even consider shochu, and nobody but Okinawans will drink awamori.