The Brookings Institute is a left-wing think tank that nevertheless does some research that’s interesting to conservatives. In a recent article, they talk about a disturbing difference between children of different races. Specifically, black children do far less homework than Asian children.
Here’s the article from the Brookings Institute:
In this blog post, we will look at time spent outside of school–specifically time spent doing homework–among different racial and socio-economic groups. We will use data from the American Time Use Survey (ATUS) to shed light on those differences and then attempt to explain those gaps, using ATUS data and other evidence.
And here’s what they found:
So, how come Asians do so much better than blacks?
This article is written by the far-left radical Nicholas Kristof, writing in the radically-leftist New York Times. (A former newspaper)
Asians don’t blame other people for their own success of failure, they think that their outcomes are based on how hard they work:
There’s also evidence that Americans believe that A’s go to smart kids, while Asians are more likely to think that they go to hard workers… Asian-American kids are allowed no excuse for getting B’s — or even an A-. The joke is that an A- is an “Asian F.”
Asians also believe in keeping two biological parents in the home:
Strong two-parent families are a factor, too. Divorce rates are much lower for many Asian-American communities than for Americans as a whole, and there’s evidence that two-parent households are less likely to sink into poverty and also have better outcomes for boys in particular.
Do black women believe those things? Not the ones I’ve met.
And not according to statistics:
So how will we help black students to do better in school? We need two parents in every home. And school choice, obviously. We have to let black children escape the failing unionized public schools that only want to teach atheism, premarital sex, evolution, global warming alarmism, transgenderism, gay marriage, socialism, BLM and CRT instead of math, science, technology and engineering. I don’t think that public school teachers can do any math, science, engineering or technology, so how could they teach it.
Also, we need to start shaming women of all races who choose to have sex with men who are not ready for marriage. There are lots of men out there who are willing to marry, and that should be what women are looking for most if all in a man. That change alone will probably erase most of the achievement gap between different racial groups. Does anyone have the courage to tell young women (of all races) to be more responsible with their sexual decisions? The out-of-wedlock birth rate for blacks is over 70%. This causes massive poverty and crime in the black community. Does anyone have the courage to tell blacks that they are doing this to themselves?
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Over a professional career of forty or so years, I had the opportunity to work closely with five or six black colleagues. I liked everyone of them and I appreciated all of their professional contributions to my own endeavors. I suspect that 100% of these individuals must have done their homework.
There you go again, claiming that people’s own actions/choices have a direct effect on the results they see in their lives. So not-woke of you. Haha! Great post.
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When I did my undergraduate work at a Top 3 engineering school 40 years ago, I came in with strong ACT scores by most standards, but in such a competitive environment, they were often below par. As an example, my 33 (out of 36) in math back in those days was considered quite good, but only in the 44th percentile in my engineering school, below average. We heard the usual “look to the left and right, only 1 out of 3 of you will still be here in a year” from the professors. The rich white students from huge suburbs in my engineering school had 36 ACTs and B averages in high school – that’s how competitive their high schools had been. There were a lot of Asians there – from all over the world, but especially from China and India. So, I knew that I had my work cut out for me.
Two things that I noticed over my first year were the keys to my eventual success:
1. The Asians in this engineering school never stopped studying. They had their books out at the lunch table. I never observed them NOT studying, wherever they were – and they sure were not at the bars or football games. I quickly concluded that they were going to get A’s, not just because they were smart, they were, but because it was impossible to outwork them.
2. The rich white suburban kids with 36 ACTs, although clearly much more intelligent than me, could be outworked. They spent a lot of time socializing and playing Dungeons and Dragons, which back in those days was a purely script computer game that had to be played on mainframes.
After a VERY rocky start that almost landed me on academic probation, I took these two nuggets of information and ended up graduating in 3 1/2 years (the average for this engineering school was 5 years) with multiple honors. I wasn’t going to beat the Asians – I knew that – but there were always a few A’s left in every course I took, and I could beat the rich smart suburban white kids out for those leftover A’s by doing nothing more than outworking them. It was a valuable lesson that I took into my spacecraft design career.
So, your post and stats apply to white kids getting outworked by Asians and competitive universities too. I’m pretty sure you had similar experiences, but from the other side, LOL.
Erm – why doesn’t the url show the correct title?
WGC, do you think the Asian model can fit with raising scripturally sound and faithful children?
I ask because of the battle in my house. My Asian wife wants my son to study as soon as he wakes, and talk about it during each meal. To me, it’s a clear idol worship, but I agree with the facts, it seems they have God’s blessings.
I know the churchian response – you can have it all, it just means easy and simple compromises, such as bible reading and prayer before studying. But my child is 8 and I just don’t want him to have 12-hour scheduled days during summer (or even during school). Churchians are really a millstone. Churchians would say there is no reason you can’t have it all, an on-fire kid who works harder than the others. I do see those results with homeschoolers, but those kids are definitely not following the Asian study model.
That’s a great question! I do agree with you that we can make idols out of success. And the heavily scripted day for children is NOT consistent with Scripture IMHO.
It’s interesting that one of the most successful homeschooling families ever was a mixed race sheep farming one in California. They unschooled. Every two weeks they cleaned out the books from a library and the only schooling they did was read books in between their chores. I’m not even sure that they were Christian but it’s a great way to raise children and somewhat similar to how I was raised over half a century ago, back when children could safely roam the neighborhood with no fears. That homeschooling family sent 5 children to Harvard and they all graduated top of the class and went on to become doctors and lawyers and other successful professions.
I believe that your wife needs to lighten up and help raise the children more holistically. That will make them more resilient. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. My creativity was developed in free play time and that’s when I felt in connection with the God I claimed I didn’t believe existed too. :-)
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I thought Bill Cosby said it, but maybe it was someone else. If it was Cosby, then the answer to your question is no, no one will tell black people their role in their poor outcomes.
White pastors love to trumpet their desire for diversity of the entire brotherhood, but they become mysteriously silent when confronting black brothers over their sins. Why, it’s almost if the white pastors want an easy gain of increased attendance without any accountability or difficulty.
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