Day 14: Education-Think about how you want your protagonist to be educated. What kind of schooling did he/she receive? How did he/she gain the knowledge he/she has? Does he/she have a specialty or a topic of interest that doesn’t necessarily link up with what they’re doing in your novel?
Students complete twelve years of schooling that include mathematics, basic sciences, written language (English), history, and government. Students can also elect to enroll in classes such as music, self-defense, JOEC (Junior Officer Education Corps), and business.
After the initial twelve years, students can choose to enroll in four year programs at a university or a two year program at a trade school. Only a handful of students enroll in trade schools unless they are looking to take an entry-level job in the medical/dental fields. Other students become apprentices to tradesmen.
Students can enter the Royal Forces without graduating from a university, however they are required to complete at least two university level courses per year in order to advance upward in the ranks. Students who receive a university degree and join the Royal Forces enter directly into OCS (Officer Candidate School). OCS covers leadership, military strategy, tactics, boot camp, and military history for a year before three, four month tours as soldier interns in the different areas of the country.
The protagonist attended the school held at the palace complex, due to Ace’s close friendship with the King, where she attended class with the Prince. She specialized in self-defense and JOEC. After the twelve years, she enrolled in university with a major in writing.She also takes classes in history and business. On weekends, she’s part of the Royal Forces Reserve Unit where she gets experience in the military. The protagonist has just finished university and is just a few months away from entering OCS alongside the Prince.
A public education system is technically available for all economic classes. However the quality of school is dependent on the location; the more money in the area, the better the school. The typical education includes mathematics, science, writing, reading, history, and social sciences for twelve years. Most students in the lower economic classes leave school or take night classes around age fifteen because they have to work and contribute to their household income. Only a handful of students from the lower classes attend university, and three quarters of those don’t graduate. Graduation from a university is pretty much a given for upper class students.
The protagonist struggled to complete her initial education while also working nights at the Ponderosa Industries factory. She was able to come up with enough money to enter university to study politics, writing, and women’s history. After five years, she graduated with a degree.