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In case you didn’t know, there’s OECD PISA rating assessing the countries across the globe by their education levels. For the past several years, Asian countries dominate the listing as the most educated. China, Japan, and Korea are predominantly on top of the list, and it’s not for nothing. Students from the East continuously demonstrate excellent performance in subjects like math, reading, and science compared to their counterparts from other countries.
How can that be? Well, the Asian countries are succeeding partly because of their mentality. So, what’s the secret of raising a successful child respecting the elders? The Typical Student team tried to put together a list of universal rules followed in Asian countries for many years. Take a look!
#1 Education is NOT the topmost priority in early life
It is believed that in the first 2 years of child’s life emotions are the MOST important thing. That’s why parents surround their kids with care and try to be good role models. Also, oriental parents believe that physical contact is the key to bonding between them and their kids, so they carry their children as often as possible.
#2 Parents don’t prohibit things in favor of kids personal experience
Remember, your parents would always prohibit something when you were a kid? In Asian countries, parents believe that prohibitions can hinder a child’s interest for exploration. So instead of yelling at their kids for something they did wrong, parents just let them learn their lessons. That’s how creative individuals are brought up!
#3 Cultivating collectivism over individualism
Parents in Asian countries teach their kids to put other people’s interests above their own. If you still believe individualism equals success, think twice! Before reaching the age of 3, Asian kids are taught to respect other living beings, to control themselves, and to take care of nature. If you think about it, collectivism isn’t that bad. On the contrary, it is crucial for raising kids as the part of the team.
#4 Since early age kids start attending educational classes and playing several sports
Since the age of 3, most Asian children are engaged in various activities. They can choose the activities which will later help them in school. Believe it or not, they study foreign languages, math, drawing, acting, and singing classes simultaneously! By the age of 5, Asian kids are completely prepared to go to school.
#5 Primary school age kids are completely self-reliant
Asian parents don’t coddle their kids too much! In Japan and Korea 6-year-olds go to school on their own. Kids are taught to be self-reliant. Also, before starting school, children are taught simple reading skills, writing, and count. It is believed that learning to count at a tender age helps to develop creative abilities.
#6 Students dedicate some time to choosing their future career
In Asia, a kid aged between 12-16 is considered an adult capable of making a responsible decision. Despite strong family ties, by the age of 14, Asian kids already know what they are going to do for a living and become self-sustainable.
As you can see, oriental traditions and discipline help in raising well-rounded and healthy personalities.
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