In Singapore they don’t have custodians at school, instead the kids clean. They need to clean their own canteen table after they eat. Not only do the kids clean at school but they also clean at their own house. For example on boy used to throw his chocolate wrappers around the house, then he had to go around picking them up and throwing them away. They sweep the floor daily and sometimes wash the dishes. That way the moms aren’t so stressed and don’t have so much work to do. Also the kids learn to be more responsible at school and home. If they wouldn’t teach the kids that later on they wouldn’t continue with these good habits and think that there mom and dad will clean up after them. Even if they’re having fun at the same time they are picking up good habits. When they clean their classrooms their desks are clean and there are less bugs and insects that come around because there is nothing to attract them. They clean the classroom 10 minutes before recess. Another good thing about this is that if there is bits of food or scraps of food wrappers it would be really hard for them to concentrate. The teachers are really happy, and it’s less work for them to do after school. There are even brooms in the classroom so the children can sweep the floors. These activities go until college and then the children learn to clean. Also in Singapore most houses are clean because the children have learned to take care of it to be clean all their life. Another good thing is that the kids won’t want to make a mess like stick their bubble gum under their desks because they won’t want to clean it afterward. The thing is that all the students don’t just start cleaning all around the classroom, they have different stations to choose from. There is a mopping station, a wastebasket station, and many more. The class has a cleanness check about 2 or 3 times a day. This means that if the classroom is dirty they have to make it clean again and they do that 2 or 3 times a day. In other schools kids only clean after a big project or for open house. In any times something big is happening they clean the room to make it look good. But in Singapore they want the room to look nice every day so they clean. If the kids have no chores at home they at least have a chore to clean at school. Some schools in Japan and Taiwan are also cleaning classrooms but not all of them. Also if any kid is rich and has a made clean at their home they usually don’t learn anything but when they go to school they learn to be responsible and neat. If their backpacks are all thrown in one ugly pile during cleaning they put their backpacks in pretty straight rows. This way it is not only prettier it is also easier for them to find their backpacks at the end of the day. However one parent didn’t like the idea, she said “They may get tired easily and lose focus on their studies.” This is kind of true but on the other hand when it’s clean it’s easier to focus. So cleaning is kind of bad but is really good in another way. Cleaning is a nice way to make it easier to work and brings on a good habit in life. The kids in Singapore even clean after lunch. They pick up trash, and clean the tables. This way after lunch it’s as clean as it was before the kids ate. Also, the custodians are almost not needed their except for of course washing the toilets, fixing broken computers, and vacuuming. These things the kids can’t do at school. Of course they can do these things as chores at home but at school they can’t. When they don’t clean at their school for a while they get unfocused for example, by starring at scraps of paper on the floor or books that fell out of the book shelf. I think Singapore had a really good idea. What about you?