Please read it and give it your opinion. There are huge differences between the Western and Asian cultures when examin
Please read it and give it your opinion.
There are huge differences between the Western and Asian cultures when examining the fear of academic failure among students. Asian parents generally place high expectations on their children when considering education (è¬èˆ¬çš†ä¸‹å“,æƒŸæœ‰è®€æ›¸é«˜).
Breaking news drew my attention this morning (I read the online Hong Kong newspaper daily). Last night a high school student jumped from skyscraper. It was the second suicide case in less than a month (a freshman at the Chinese University of Hong Kong committed suicide after the first week of class). In Hong Kong, too many young lives are wasted every school year due to suicide cases related to academic achievement issues. Getting average grades at school is not acceptable for most parents. One of the concurring behaviors related to this horrible phenomenon that make matters worse is that the hopeful parents constantly compare their childrenâ€™s academic achievements with others. This must lend a heavy hand to the children's misery. This parental habit places a tremendous burden of being successful in childrenâ€™s daily lives, which I believe negatively affects their learning experience; possibly ending with an unforgettable tragedy.
In August 2004, an Asian student at the Blue Valley School District (Overland Park, Kansas) killed her mother with a pair of scissors. The girl was only 15 years old. She was a â€œstraight A studentâ€ and was on the schoolâ€™s honor roll. Apparently, some of her grades dropped from an A to A-, and her mother took it as a failure. The expectations were set too high; she was pushed to the edge, murdering her mother.
These are two examples for how much the fear of failure affect the Asian communities. I recommend Amy Chua's book titled Tiger Mom if anyone is interested in learning Chinese parenting.