Students from Japan and China believe just the opposite.
The study is from a book called The Learning Gap. The authors compared American and Asian beliefs about school success.
Students from Japan and China said “studying hard” was most likely to lead to success in school. They ranked “a good teacher” near the bottom. American students had the two reversed.
In the book, the authors say:
Students' mistaken belief in ability hurts children. Kids with high ability “find little reason to work hard.”
Kids who think they have lower ability, doubt that they can master their lessons through continued effort. “They also have little reason to work hard.”
“Asian students, [are] confident that the time they invest will lead to mastery” of the subject. They are willing to work long hours.
When they get a low score, Asian students don’t see themselves as stupid. They just see that it will take more time and work to reach their goal.
Parents can build an attitude for success. Tell your kids that they can learn a tough subject if they will just keep at it.
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