US Needs Asians For Continued Tech Le...

US Needs Asians For Continued Tech Leadership!

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Brooklyn, NY

#1 Dec 11, 2012
US to Need Asian Immigrants for Continued Tech Leadership

The US will need to keep attracting large numbers of Asian immigrants if it is to remain a technological power in coming decades, suggest studies measuring math and science abilities of elementary and junior high students.

The US ranked 11th in fourth-grade math, 9th in eighth-grade math, 7th in fourth-grade science and 10th in eighth-grade science, according to the results of two new reports: Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study and the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study.

Kids in Singapore, S. Korea, Taiwan, Japan and Hong Kong generally led the world in math and science. The most significant data, however, concerns early attainment in advanced levels of math because the next generation of technologists are drawn from those who consistently took advanced levels of math in junior high and high school.

In the eighth grade only 7% of US students were studying advanced math while the comparable levels were 48% in Singapore and 47% in S. Korea.

Among US students Asian American kids are the most likely to excel in both math and science. More importantly, their advantage in those subjects continue to increase as they progresse through their primary and secondary educations.

For example, in 2011 Asian 4th graders scored 3.2% higher than their white counterparts in math, according to data from the US Department of Education. In the 8th grade the Asian kids boosted their edge to 4.1%. By the 12th grade their scores were a significant 8.7% higher. This suggests that the Asian advantage in math isn’t innate, as some have suggested, but social or cultural.

Science scores are an even better illustration of the progressive nature of the advantage that Asian kids seem to attain from their primary education, as well as discounting any supposed genetic advantage. In the fourth grade white students actually enjoy a 1.9% advantage over their Asian classmates in science. In the eighth grade the gap decreases to 1.3%. But by the 12th grade, Asian kids score 3.1% higher, suggesting even more dramatically the impact of social or cultural factors rather than innate ability.

These studies suggest that what the US most suffers in comparison to Asian nations is an education-oriented culture, some of which is transplanted to the US by Asian immigrants. Since about 80% of Asian immigration to the US took place after 1969, the academic performances of Asian students reflect an Asian cultural orientation toward educational attainment.

Brooklyn, NY

#2 Dec 11, 2012
No one can save Great Satan. The West is dying.
China rising

Brooklyn, NY

#3 Dec 11, 2012
Very true indeed.

Nagercoil, India

#4 Dec 14, 2012
China rising wrote:
Very true indeed.
yeah with the asian americans-r generally the highest paid in the us,they r also more talented

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