One thing is undeniably true when it comes to Asian parents: Their undivided focus and consistent emphasis on education for their kids. Even for those who have moved from Asia to Europe or the USA, they still emphasize to their kids that even if they will be assimilated into the western cultures, they must not lose focus on the ultimate goal: A great education and a great career after that. Without taking anything from the developed western world, it is safe to say that there is a lot they need to benchmark on Asia’s education system.
Yet, you don’t need to travel to Asia to notice the glaring difference between Asia’s education systems and the rest of the world. Just take your precious time to study the patterns of education performance in the US today. Compared with all the other ethnic groups, Asian kids have had far greater success in their education than anyone else in this country. Their average ACT score is always ranked at the top. According to managers from Sky Executive, the Asian graduates have shown tremendously better skills at almost every industry as compared to US graduates, with whom they have been dealing. And if you look at student enrollment lists for all the top universities in America, you will find that there is a significant number of Asian students there, yet the population of Asian-Americans is nearly negligible compared to other ethnicities. That is a fact no one can argue against.
So, are Asian graduates better prepared for the job-market than Americans and Europeans? The answer is a resounding YES! If you need more proof, here we go:
- Students are highly respectful
Unlike in the US where kids interact with their teachers freely and casually, Asian students have a strictly formal relationship with their teachers. Of course, teachers and students will share light moments and have fun in the lecture halls, but they don’t get too close especially when out of class.
The teachers respect their students but they don’t encourage outbursts and disrespectful arguments from their students. The effect of this is that students grow to understand the value of having mutual respect with their seniors. That is a very important trait for anyone to have in the current job market. Of course, students in the West aren’t bad-mannered either, but they don’t rank anywhere near Asian students.
In the past, Chines and Korean schools- as well as other Asian schools were identified with the low level of research and slow adoption of technology in their school programs. This trend is no longer there in most present-day Asian schools: They now encourage and involve learners in active participation in both classwork and project works. That’s, of course, without mentioning how big a thing co-curricular activities have grown to be.
The use of ICT in classrooms is also changing the way students are taught in Asia. Also, students are now facilitated to form various clubs such as nature club, math club, debating club, and quiz club, among others. When they graduate, therefore, they are equipped sufficiently to handle almost every challenge that the job market throws at them.
- Real-life learning approach
There was a time when most Asian schools were awarding conformance and that really affected the quality of graduates that they produced. That is not the case anymore, with the current education systems encouraging and instilling creativity and problem-solving skills in their learners.
You will agree that Asia is growing economically, making it the dream job environment for many job seekers. Teachers from the west are flooding the region in search of jobs, and the governments there are more than willing to invest in these teachers. This is gradually creating a population that is not only better educated but also extremely ready for challenges.
Unlike in American schools where teachers are allowed to send their students out, Asian kids remain in school and are disciplined by their class’ headteacher. In case a kid misbehaves or shows gross disrespect to his peers or teachers, he is dealt with squarely within the school. That means that if the parent has played a role in making the kid irresponsible, he/she isn’t allowed to come to school to worsen the already bad situation. What’s more, kids are punished but are never banned from the class. That instills discipline but doesn’t jeopardize the learning timetable for the involved kid.
If you are thinking about globalization or localization of your services to China and East Asia in general, it is advisable to hire the services of a professional employer organization. The organization will help you pick the best talents in a pool of very qualified Asian graduates.
Author: Elliot Rhodes is enthusiastic about everything related to money and investing. A financial analyst and instructor, he enjoys using what he’s learned from 10 years of studying business and money to help others achieve financial stability.