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Tests and Tiger Moms

Carl31 Wrote: Apr 10, 2013 8:34 AM
Dr Sowell certainly hits many key features of education, primarily that of parental involvement. But I have a few reservations about the Tiger Parent model for student success. I currently teach at a university in Korea (the southern one), and I hope that the fanaticism rampant in Korean education does not take root in America. Here, I see adolescent students with almost no personal interests, no hobbies, no opinions, and a fear of having opinions lest they be 'incorrect.' Severe pressure to be perfect has obscured any personal development, anything that does not lead to a higher test score is considered useless. Independent thinking is crushed under relentless demands for perfection. I hope we avoid this extreme.
Alex_P Wrote: Apr 10, 2013 1:14 PM
Shouldn't the prerequisite of having opinions be having knowledge to form opinions on?
I do agree that the fear of having "incorrect" opinions is a terrible thing.
As for personal interests and hobbies - this is what free time is for. If they are not getting enough free time, it may be a problem with the system (too much requirements) or with the children themselves (spending too much time doing what supposed to take less).
Extremes are always bad.
Carl31 Wrote: Apr 10, 2013 10:28 PM
Excellent comments. Kids here just don't have free time. After regular school it's one private cram school after another, coming home after 10:00 PM, then their parents have them spend another 3-4 hours at study. Every day. I know of a woman who was upset that her granddaughter didn't study at all on Christmas. Schools have no sports, clubs, anything. Obesity is becoming a problem. Kids arrive at college having never known the resposibility of being on a sports team or learned to balance their study time with other activities. My students learn facts quickly, but hesitate to evaluate them, they just never did it in their earlier schooling. Yes we have our problems, but I dont' want to see this in America.
New York City's Stuyvesant High School is one of those all too rare public schools for intellectually outstanding students. Such students are often bored to death in schools where the work is geared to the lowest common denominator, and it is by no means uncommon for very bright students to become behavior problems.

Recent statistics on the students who passed the examination to get into Stuyvesant High School raise troubling questions that are unlikely to receive the kind of serious answers they deserve.

These successful applicants included 9 black students, 24 Latino students, 177 white students and 620 Asian Americans.

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