09/02/2017 (Sat) 06:19:23
This isn't an issue of IQ. Let's put things into some sort of perspective and use some common sense for a change. Here is a hypothetical example: If two people of the same intelligence and memory retention read the same book for two hours a day and both are to be tested at the end of the week on that book, both would get comparable scores, right? Now imagine the same two people tested, but in this case one spends one hour per day and fails to read the entire book, and the other spends three hours a day, completes the book, and has time to re-read chapters for extra clarity, can we all assume that the person spending more time will score better? Most people will agree.
Now consider a real life example. Chinese schools start at 08:00 am and finish at 17:00, and often longer. Teachers are revered. Knowledge is respected and encouraged. In class only the teacher talks. Parents work long hours, and after-school classes are common, and most work Saturdays for at least six hours, so classes in Schools are the norm for Saturdays. On top of this homework is daily.
Now consider the USA. School starts at 9:00, classes at 09:30, there are more breaks, longer lunch breaks, disruptions in class, little or no respect for teachers, and in some communities people who excel are mocked, schools close at 16:00, some even earlier. As soon as the kids get home they switch on the tv. There is less homework assigned.
Bear in mind, these are generalizations, but having seen both systems, they are accurate. Chinese students in the UK at 12-13 are at the level of 16-17 year olds in most subjects with the exception of English Language, which is weaker or the same.
There are a million issues that can also be addressed here, about dumbing down, and education being a system to train you to comply, but that can wait for another day. The system we have is based on reward, and those considered succesful are the ones with the most exams passed and best grades. There is a reason above IQ alone that Chinese students get so many A grades. Believe me, it is not about IQ. Work put in = Reward.