American Education System Versus Asian Education System Essay

772 Words Dec 17th, 1999 4 Pages
American Education System versus Asian Education System

Today the American education system is no longer the best in the world.
With declining test scores and poor academic achievement, people have questioned
whether our current educational system is working for us? On the other side of
the Pacific, the situation is totally different. Students of Asian countries
achieve higher academic achievements, and they rank at the top on math and
science tests. If their educational system is better than the U.S system,
should we adopt their educational system or not?
America the land of opportunity, which is famous for its democratic
society and unique culture. People in America like to be free, to do whatever
they want to do without any
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That's why many students in
school are doing poorly on their school work.
In Asian countries, the cultures and social standards are totally
different from the U.S. In those countries most of their values are based on
Confucius which heavily stresses education and group values. One's social
status is based on their education level. Starting from elementary school,
students have been taught that if you want to be successful in life you must
have a good education, any other way is considers inappropriate. In the Asian
school systems, educators rank students by their scores. So, if your rank is
high you are a good student and you will have a good chance to get into a good
school. If your rank is low then you are a bad student it is a sign of your are
going to be a looser. Nobody cares if you are talented or not. Under these
pressures, students compete hard with other students. They study five hours a
day just trying to gain more points on a test so they can get into a higher rank.
In school, teachers try to stuff more knowledge into students so their class
can be better than other class in the School. Schools set stricter rules so
their students can be better than the students in other schools.
Through these efforts of setting high standards it's no surprise that
Asian students rank at the top of academic achievement. The advantage of…