Thursday, May 8, 2014

Asian students excel by respect of teachers and hard work, which includes rotary learning.

Elementary School in Chittoor,AP,India By Sandeep.jgupta


International student tests and education data regularly finds great success for some Asian countries, particularly South Korea, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong in China (in their respected ranking order).

The results probably reflect the importance of a culture, where education is prized and valued. Investing great trust in the teachers gives them confidence, so they tend to live up to this ideal; the respectful attitude toward school and schoolwork also influences the children. In such atmosphere a humble, goal oriented focus to complete homework and absorb the material is imparted. The western idea that respects the rights of children inspires the most efficient learning, but only if the child is highly motivated. Motivated students, who invest a positive attitude in their school work, find learning pleasurable and highly efficient. This presupposes a competitive, challenging environment, which is unfortunately shunned in most developed countries in order to avoid discouraging some children. This places the responsibility of the motivation for learning on the shoulders of an immature child. Over the long run it cannot deliver good results, because children do not know what their long term interests are.

There is also an emotional side to the school environment. Emotional experiences greatly impact mental focus, therefore are better remembered. In addition, negative or sensational emotional experiences are remembered even better than positive ones. Where sensational, violent experiences compete for students' attention in school, the focus on guns, money sidelines education.

Children, as adults learn best when they actively discover concepts for themselves. Rote learning is viewed as an old fashioned, shallow learning method, which has no place within contemporary school. However, acquiring basic concepts is essential. It is impossible to think about abstract concepts, when the basic understanding, rules or simple arithmetic relationships are lacking. Rotary learning, which is so prevalent in Asian countries, enhances mental capital by turning basic concepts into automatic skills. In addition patient, focused rotary learning is a form of meditation, which, as practitioners of meditation know enhances mood and imparts patience, emotional stability. In support of this, a number of recent studies in psychology show the importance of emotion in memorization. In addition, Csikszentmihalyi has shown that acquiring psychological capital by learning imbues long term happiness and even well-being.

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