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Topic: Re: Bart's re:lecturing
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Re: Bart's re:lecturing
Posted: Jul 6, 1995 3:44 AM
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So how come it is that the Japanese kids are so motivated?

Not that I'd want my own kids to be as driven and regimented as I perceive
the children of that island nation to be. However not so long ago I recall
having read of the results of a study concerning the educational attainments
of immigrants, their children, and their children's children.

What is showed was that first generation immigrant children, as a group, did
much better than "Americans" (if you know what I mean).
But that, with each succeeding generation, the educational performance of
their offspring declined; apparently tied to the process of becoming
"assimilated" into our culture.

If that study reflects reality, and intuition tells me that it does, then
perhaps the problem does lie with our society, as a whole. Does it stink? I
don't know. A whole lot of people seem to want to come here. However,
whatever it is about that society which seems to kill the motivation and love
of learning of later generations of immigrants should probably be analyzed
and discussed.

While some may find Gingrich's approach refreshing in that he talks about
revitalizing America, I question whether the areas he focuses upon are the
real nub of the problem. However, maybe the political debate in this country
could find a productive focal point in the type of issues raised in this

By the way, not everything stinks, just some things are a little bit no good
and rotten. Put more elegantly, our culture is not fertile ground for the
development, on a broad basis, of intellectual and educational development.
I wonder if other societies put such disdain upon "eggheads" as do we.

Bart BEcker

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