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US Education vs Asian Indian Education

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In a previous post, I spoke about the seven children who walked into my son’s kindergarten class as fluent readers. The one thing these children all have in common—other than the fact that they can read at a first grade level—is that they are all immigrants from India. We live in Woodland Hills, California, which has seen a huge influx of Asian Indians in recent years. There were two new students in my son’s class last week, both were Asian Indian.   

They migrate here because they can earn twice as much, and they maintain a longstanding belief that foreign education is better.  To the contrary, I wondered how great their education system must be.

Here’s an article that compares the Asian Indian education system to ours in the United States. It’s a little harsh on the U.S., but interesting.

How the US Education Compares To Asian Indian Education

The modern society has become a very well educated society with majority of the population having some sort of formal education. The US education system is among one of the advanced systems in the World though the present day statistics show that the white population in the U.S. lags behind in entering educational institutions of higher learning. The quality of education and the type of schooling system that is prevailing in most of the Asian countries especially in India have become more determined to give the young students a strong foundation in education right from the very beginning of their early schooling life.  But in the U.S. we see that the Government involvement in education needs to be more aggressive and more planned in such a way that the U.S. born babies get their education in the way they have to get right from the day they enter into their school.

In India the cultural heritage that has given a unique shape and integration to the basic unit of the society in the form of a family is very effective in training the children even before they enter into the school. The type of parenting the care and affection shown by the Indian parents makes the young children very enthusiastic in going to their schools and they continue the learning process in their school over and above the things they have come to learn from their parents at home.

Unlike the US Education system the schooling in India and other Asian countries begins at a rather young age of three years. The education in many of the Asian countries especially in India is mostly privatized and we can see that the privately managed schools are far better when compared to the Government run Schools.  They offer different types of curriculum and other educational facilities to the children right from their early days of schooling.  Many of these schools have to excel in imparting the right type of education to their young students right from the elementary education as it is the only way they can become commercially successful getting more students to their schools.

The US education is functioning on a different footing and the schooling there starts in a formal manner at the age of 5 years and the learning process begins at a slow pace in the US. But by the age of 5 years most of the young children in the Asian countries have completed three years of education as most of them get into the school even before they complete their three years of age. Though they are admitted in the play schools as pre- kindergarten stage even here they begin their formal education though not in a formal way.

Moreover the close knit nature of the Indian family and the mentality of the Indian parents to spend all their time for the welfare and education of their young children are able to give the required level of thrust for the young students to do well in their early schooling. This type of homely involvement is missing in the US homes. The US Education system also leaves the children to learn by themselves. In the present days, we can see that most of the Indian mothers having school going children are well educated and it is very common to see them sacrificing their career for the sake of their young children. This is the best type of driving force that can propel a young child to learn everything he needs to both from his mother at home and teachers at his school.

Thus the US Education differs more in type and content with those that are prevailing in the Asian countries.

Written by Nathan, a blogger from India.

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