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March 29th, 2018, 10:36 PM   #1
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Asian students learn math so well?

Is there anyone think that Asian students always good at mathematical problems. Seems like they always on top of all classes.
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It's not just mathematics, it is all forms of learnig. It is a matter of culture and tradition. Asians are generally raised in a Confucian tradition that respects learning and hard work. Similarly, Jewish kids, who are raised in the Rabbinical tradition do well in scholarly subjects.
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Asian language and culture are based on memorization.
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Asian language and culture are based on memorization.
What part of the culture is based on memorisation?..
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What part of the culture is based on memorisation?..
Certainly for China and Japan, the language. You have to memorize a symbol for every thing and idea. The Confucian examination system for entrance into government service was based on memorization.
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Certainly for China and Japan, the language. You have to memorize a symbol for every thing and idea. The Confucian examination system for entrance into government service was based on memorization.
I'm glad I'm not Asian so I don't have to memorize a language.
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Is there anyone think that Asian students always good at mathematical problems. Seems like they always on top of all classes.
This could not possibly be the case. There are billions of Asians, therefore say hundreds of millions or so Asian students at any given moment, and they can not possibly all be good at math. I'll bet that a lot of them suck at math and those people become politicians and artists and liberal arts majors. I'd bet that math ability among Asians is distributed normally (bell curve) just as it is in every other population you could name.

Now is the median or mean (which do you have in mind?) higher than that of other races? How do you go about stating, let alone proving, that Asians are better at math than everyone else? Is it actually true? Can you point me to some links to support your thesis?
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I'm glad I'm not Asian so I don't have to memorize a language.
Hmmm....isn't any language some kind of memorization?
Like, you know you're in a "house" because someone told
you it was a "house" and you memorized this?
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Hmmm....isn't any language some kind of memorization?
Like, you know you're in a "house" because someone told
you it was a "house" and you memorized this?
Perhaps he had a memory transplant?

'Memory transplant' achieved in snails - BBC News

But I thought it was a joke.

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How do you go about stating, let alone proving, that Asians are better at math than everyone else? Is it actually true? Can you point me to some links to support your thesis?
I believe there are international studies that rate these things.

We don't do that well, which is a good sign, since it means we still have people left to run the place.

Success in education is motivation, confidence, interest, and facility, and that's cultural, not racial. And money- if not yours, then somebody else's.

There is no such thing as a "smart" race, but there are differences in culture. If a "knit" group has a culture of piano playing, they will produce pianists, and they can only survive in the context of a larger group, as long as the larger group has plumbers. If the plumbers adopt the culture of piano playing because the piano players think they are better and rule over them, none of them will survive.

My assertion is that, if Chinese and Japanese indeed do better in math (learning what's been done), the culture of language memorization is a factor. But I note Indians have a phonetic alphabet. The children of successful Asians in America do well because of the cultural factor, but probably less so in math.

Most languages are phonetic, which means they have an alphabet. If you hear a word in English, you can come close to spelling it. If you hear a word in Chinese, you have to remember it's sign.
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