A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences disclosed that Asian schoolchildren get better academic results because they exert more effort and not because they are more intelligent. Researchers noted that when Asian-American children begin school they have no major academic advantage over their white classmates, but by fifth grade have significantly outperformed them in standardized test.

Asian families are more likely to believe success is the result of hard work – not predetermination – a state of mind that can encourage Asian parents to place higher expectations for their children’s educational results. The study stated that Asian parents are generally more rigid and demanding, and instill a strong work ethic in their children. For their part, Asian-American kids reported greater parental hopes of academic achievement than their white peers.


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