So, it’s a general perception back home that Korean’s and Asian people in general are smarter than us in Canada and the Western World. I mean, why wouldn’t we think that? Considering my students get to school at 730 in the morning and they leave jail school at 11 or 12 at night. They must be smarter, right?
At the University of Waterloo, Canada’s premier school for Engineering, Math and Computers and Geography, I won’t lie to you, we had a LOT of Asians. We weren’t called the U of WaterWOO for nothing. I sometimes felt like a minority on campus. So, during my years there, when walking through campus late (1 or 2 am, generally intoxicated) we would see all these Asian’s CROWDING the libraries. There were a lot of them, all studying. Look how much they study, THEY MUST BE SMARTER. Or are they?
Back to my highschool days, I was no Einstein, but I did get decent enough marks to get into a good school’s business program. So, I had to do some studying. But, when I studied, I had a goal (a test) and I was going to study for said test, and that is that. Get it done as fast as I can, and go back to doing whatever I did in high school. As little time as possible on studying. I believe this helped me become efficient at studying, helping to understand you don’t need to know everything, just what is on the test.
Koreans, on the other hand, they study it all. They put in 1000’s of hours. Human’s generally can’t fully concentrate on something for more than 20-30 minutes. Some, maybe 40 or 50, but it’s closer to 20 for most. For me, I’m pretty sure it was about 10 (Konrad Commisso, 1.2 minutes). After 10 minutes, I’d have to look at something else, think about something else, I couldn’t help it. There is no way these Korean’s can fully concentrate on what they are doing until midnight, and actually have a hope of retaining all this. They’re growing teenagers who get, at most, 6 hours of sleep a night. Their minds do not get enough rest to process and store all this information. Go into a classroom during the 10 minute break between classes? Out of 30, 20 heads are on the desk sleeping… after every class. A teenager shouldn’t be that tired while in school. But, hey, it’s the life of a student here they say. It’s accepted here.
In Engineering, Math and Computers, the Asian’s don’t do any better at the end of their degree’s then the other Western students. I don’t believe they would be as good in the workplace, because they’ve never learned how to do things as efficiently as possible. It’s a different way over here, but I really don’t believe it is for the better.
I won’t even dip into the social consequences this has for these high school students. Just think about it, all girls school, where they have no time at all to mingle with the opposite sex. When they leave here, they’re going to be socially retarded. That’s for another day, I have to go teach a class and hope my students stay awake…