Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Most Academically Successful Group In America - Things To Learn



Song:  Time

Composer:  Hans Zimmer (Inception Sountrack)


Before anyone slips into the PC mindset of calling Racism at the below stats...
or at me...
first of all...
think for just a second.

The aim of this article in pointing out facts about
a specific group doing so much better than the other groups...
is my attempt to identify what this particular group is doing right...
so all others may learn to think along the same lines...
so they may achieve the same results.

As I am a 50/50 hybrid of Asian and White
(Alex is  75% Asian / 25% White)...
were I racist...
I would not want to point out ways of helping all groups of people in our nation.
I would want to keep silent to keep the status quo.

The following stats are to establish the initial premise that Asians, as a whole...
are the most successful group in America
(of whom had originated from the Asian portion of the Eurasian continent...
including India...
as well as the Oriental races of the differing island nations of the Pacific).

My task is to identify why...
 so all others may have their children benefit from the information.

You must understand that the Asian group is a conglomeration
of varying ethnicities, races, religious ideology...etc..

The automatic implication is
 that it is not a question of Nature...
so much as it is a question of Nurture
(It is not so much a question of race...but of culture).

I will point to anecdotal evidence as had been gathered from
my personal experiences over my lifetime
(I will be 55 years old next month).

I have lived in, and traveled through, Asian countries.

I was also raised in Silicon Valley when it was just budding...
and I had seen the changes it had gone through.

Even in the 1960s...
it was a melting pot of ethnicities...
and it became even more so when Silicon Valley boomed.

I had known many Asians throughout my school years...
and so, I could see correlations between their attitude, and the actions of their parents.

First...
the establishment of my initial premise:

The Asians are doing something right.




Note:  You must remember that the median salary is the average 
for all persons of each group.


The Asian group has so many more in the higher ranges of salary
 because of the types of careers they choose...
because of their earlier focused goals and education toward these careers
(by percentage).





As my mother is from Japan...
and I had lived a total of 4 years in Japan...
and for decades in the Silicon Valley area afterwards
(with 4 years in-between...living in Hawaii)...
and as my wife is from Japan...
I am most familiar with the Japanese culture.

However...
I have personally known many persons from the differing Asian subcategories
(Chinese, Korean, Southeast Asian, and people from India).

I have noticed a great similarity of certain traits among
all of the groups of people that we classify as Asian.

The very top trait shared among the successful Asians...
is one of respect:

The children's respect for their parents...
and the parents' respect for education.

The Asian children have respect for their parents
and their elders (especially those with life experience)...
basic respect for authority...
education...
and for themselves...
because these are emphasized to the children from the very beginning.


Why is respect so important?

Because if a child believes he is inherently (other than through merit)
just as good as anyone else...
regardless of experience or other true qualifications...
then he really has nothing to learn from them...
has he?

The child's mind automatically devalues wisdom...
and then as a logical extension...
education as a whole.


When a child respects others...
he naturally observes them very carefully
in an attempt to learn all he can from them.

He values wisdom...
and as a result...
he listens intently...
and he absorbs what he reads.

This is the great value that respect (and so, humility) plays in the Asian culture.

Without it...
you are simply not ready to truly learn.



The successful Asians are a pragmatic group.
They are highly organized...and as a result...
they love systematization.

They judge efficiency and effectiveness by the results...
NOT by the stated intent.

They do not care so much about the latest nonsense fads...
especially when it comes to raising children.

They know what works because their observed results tell them all they need to know.

As a result...
they stick with what works.

They value most of all...
their family.

Their family is not a sacrificial lamb for the alter of any ideology.

Positive results for their family are what matter.

Political Correctness is not a concern.

They do not prioritize themselves as members of a brother or sisterhood of Asians.
They are leaders of their families, first and foremost.

They well know that their children will have to compete in this world as individuals...
and as such, they must prepare their children to compete with some of their toughest foes...
other Asians.


The successful Asians do not promote such PC nonsense as Asian Pride.

Why not?

Because they know that pride only comes as a direct result 
of a person's accomplishments...
as earned through merit.

As such...
they are not defined by their designated group (Asians).

They seek to define themselves through their individual accomplishments.

To promote anything else is only detrimental to the drive of the individual...
and goes counter to one of their most effective child rearing techniques...
that of positive reinforcement.

They stimulate their child's mind early...and often...
and they give their children great amounts of attention and affection.


They heavily encourage, and praise, academic success.
They do it specifically to stimulate and grow the inner drive to succeed...
through the building of the great pride of achievement, in their children.

Their goal is to cultivate Drive in their children.

They know that once a child experiences the greatly positive effects of a true victory...
and the resulting great amount of praise and respect he will earn from it...
he will always strive to achieve in everything he does.

They know that success breeds success.

In getting their children to have that taste of true victory...
they prepare them well.


Their children are taught from the beginning...
Deferred Gratification.

Children get used to doing all of their studies before doing anything else.

They will then have earned their free time.

This, in itself, teaches deferred gratification.

When the child sees the positive results of his studies (good grades)...
and he feels that sense of pride in himself...
and gets the praise from his parents
and the admiration of his peers at school...
well, it's a positive addiction which becomes habit.



As a group...
American Asian women are as highly educated as the men.

As the women typically become the chief guides of their children...
and as they know the great value of education...
and especially because they have already learned how to learn...
they readily teach this to their children.

Besides stimulating Drive in their children...
and teaching them Deferred Gratification...
they teach them Critical Reasoning Skills.

They tell them why things are so.

They teach them the concepts of what they need to know
in order to arrive at the correct answers.

This builds the Critical Reasoning Skills of true intelligence.

This is what makes learning an adventure...
instead of an exercise in frustration.


They prioritize education.

They give their children a sense of future.
They will tell them of the great professions to strive for...
and what is needed to achieve their goals.

They stimulate their child's inner drive to succeed...
they constantly stimulate their child's mind with educational toys...
a plentiful amount of books, and they find ways to make learning fun.

Parameters of acceptable behavior are set...and adhered to...
but they strive to positively reinforce good behavior through praise.

They also strive to give their children a positive association 
between learning and warmth and affection
(ex...cuddling while reading to them when they are young...especially at bedtime.
The child then feels good when reading...even when his mother is not present).


The successful Asian parents give their children structure.
They don't allow them to be raised by their peers on the streets.
Their home is a place of preparation for their children's future...
and they are their children's guide.



Successful people of all races have many of the same traits:

Drive

Deferred Gratification

Critical Reasoning Skills



Anyone may cultivate the culture of learning
without needing to understand the Asian culture.

Just know what must be achieved...
and how to achieve it.

You will then be ready to put your children on a path to success.








4 comments:

  1. Fascinating - and I like your systematization.
    Oddly, I just came from having a tea with a good friend where we brainstormed how to get our children to Try Harder. we feel that they - unlike us - feel they are already "good enough." And they basically have "nothing to prove." HA!

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  2. Ah....I had initially misspelled systematization...it is now corrected :)

    Thank you for your comment. Mothers, as primary care givers, are the driving force behind progress in great civilizations. This is the reason that some civilizations flourish and some do not. Highly educated mothers lead to highly educated children. When they can give their children a love of learning and all the tools to effectively learn, not only do the children excel...but so then, does their nation.

    It is good that you care enough to strive to find ways to improve your children. Networking with other mothers to compare and correlate evidence of effective learning is a way to improve.

    Thank you for stopping in. And once again, thank you for your comment.

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  3. Thought you might appreciate something I wrote many years ago... http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1990/09/04/page/27/article/just-what-are-you

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  4. Exactly! Were only more people of your mindset.

    People love to pigeon hole others because they had given up on thinking. People love to associate themselves with a group because they had given up on trying.

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