I am “Down Under” at this moment. New Zealand to be precise.
I thought I might share this article that I have read in the magazine “North & South”. It is a very well-regarded magazine which has won the “Qantas Newsstand Magazine of the Year”.
Anyway to cut a long story short I was reading this article on why Asian Children come top of their class.
The story was written by Donna chisholm, the magazines editor-at-large.
Professor Jim Flynn who has made a career of studying IQ and what shapes it, explains the Asian academic excellence.
He starts off by giving an example of what he see’s as the difference in the cultures.
“A black doctor’s kid opens his schoolbooks and his father says, ‘Lets go shoot some baskets at the back of the garage’. The Jewish doctor screams at his kid until he studies. The Chinese kid sits down and opens his books without being asked.”
In his straight forward observation, he believes a Chinese child can concede seven IQ points to a European kid and still match him for school grades. The gap does not appear to close in adulthood.
Jim Flynn believes the Chinese capitalize on their human qualities of excellence.
A Chinese kid with an IQ of 93 or above – 80% are in professional, managerial, or technical professions.
In comparison a white kid with an IQ of 100 – only about 60% go into the same type of profession.
Asians make up under 10% of the New Zealand population but account for 30% of the annual intake at Auckland medical school.
He believes their ethic of hard work gives them the success.
According to American Statistics Chinese children on average are about three points higher in IQ because they are overwhelmingly from professional homes.
On making these comments Flynn suggested that Asians, because of the tradition of authority, hard work and learning, they have a hard time “Thinking outside the square”.
That of course is not true of asian scientists who have made great contributions but commonly never make the top-level.
Asians excel in Music, Maths and it seems that this generation of Asian New Zealanders appear are drawn to Poetry and literature.
Jim Flynn’s comments are of course based on his studies and opinion which I am sure some would not agree.
A child with an IQ of 100 may not be ambitious or motivated but it appears that in most cases Asian children of that IQ, are usually both. Their Sociological strengths allow them to excel and achieve.