Sunday, December 26, 2010

lgm and LexAquitas on polite, reserved students and East Asian stereotypes

(steretype of rote learning in East Asian classrooms)

My child's kindergarten teacher decided he didn't know how to read becauase he wasn't shouting out answers out of turn, demanding to answer every question, and jumping up and down like a Price is Right contestant. After he was finally tested at the end of the year,(she illegally disregarded the written request 3 months earlier) she found she had him in a group that was 2 GRADE LEVELS below his instructional level. American children do have manners, if they are from homes that teach manners. It is sad that veteran teachers with Master's Degrees can't figure this out.

The idea that the Asian educational process stifles creativity is a bit misguided, but the idea that the American educational system enhances it borders on senseless. If you can't teach something as straightforward as reading and arithmetic, how are you going to teach something as ambiguous as creativity? And particularly, how are you going to do it when most classroom teachers value their own rules over almost anything else? My fourth-grade son regularly gets in trouble in American school for all sorts of violations. He has never gotten into trouble in his Saturday (accelerated, full day) Japanese school.

By claiming to teach creativity, teachers give themselves an escape from accountability, since creativity isn't something you can measure. The same goes for critical thinking without content.

Students of wealthy parents don't do well because the parents bring them to museums, zoos, etc. They do well because wealthy parents usually see the deficiencies in the educational system and remedy them at home.

1 comment:

Lsquared said...

I'm loving these favorite comments posts. I'm going back and rereading some of my favorite posts and discussions.