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The secret to the high performance of Asian students in school is hard work and perseverance. And underlying this is a philosophy: the philosophy that you can do anything you want, achieve anything you want, through hard work. It is an underlying belief in hard work as being the key to achievement and success. And this underlying philosophy gives a person the courage, morale and strength needed in life to accomplish things. Standing in direct contrast to this belief in the power of hard work and perseverance is the American philosophy: the philosophy of "intelligence" or IQ --- the philosophy that some have it and some don't, that you can only accomplish as much as your intelligence allows. Thus while the emphasis among Asians is that a person can do anything he wants, the emphasis among Americans is on the limitation imposed upon you by your intelligence. With the IQ concept there are gradations of intelligence --- the genius, the quick learner, the normal learner, the slow learner, the mentally retarded, the idiot, the moron, etc. --- and how well one can do is limited by his level of intelligence. Under the American philosophy you just find out what your IQ is and accept it. There is nothing you can do about it and there is no use in fighting it. If the IQ test says you are a moron that is just it. There is no point in working hard. Perseverance will do nothing for you. You might as well just enjoy life the best you can and make the best of the situation. For a teacher to expect a student to perform above the level of his intelligence would be cruel. We can only expect a person to do what he is able to do. The final effect of this philosophy is to weaken, to destroy morale, to discourage, to cause people to question their ability to do things. And it has another effect: it causes lack of confidence and creates inferiority complexes. No one in the American educational system ever talks about the importance of perseverance or the power of hard work. They can't. They believe in IQ. That is what everyone has been taught. And so that is why the Asian students are outdoing American students by so much all over the country, why the Asians are taking over in our colleges, why Japanese students do so much better than American students on standardized tests, etc.. The Asians have not been so gullible as to buy the IQ concept --- they have better sense. Feb 1987 More from SolitaryRoad.com:
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