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Inhaltsangabe: Why do Asian and Asian-American students consistently perform so well on standardized tests? Why are students of Asian descent disproportionately admitted to America’s top colleges?

This informative and entertainingly written comparison of educational methods in America and China answers these questions and more, while assessing the strengths and weaknesses of each culture’s distinctly different education systems. Education expert Quanyu Huang notes that both Asian and Asian American students excel early on at mastering lesson material and test-taking, whereas many of their non-Asian American peers do not perform as well. The author also points out that American students generally demonstrate far more creativity and independence than students in China, where conformity and rote learning are emphasized. This is evident from the American record of award-winning innovations and discoveries. By contrast, the Chinese educational system has not yet produced a Nobel Prize winner in science.

For Americans to achieve more consistent academic success at primary and secondary grade levels, the author recommends a blend of the virtues inherent in both cultures. He says this is exactly what often gives Asian American students an edge. They have the advantage of an Asian heritage that drives them to succeed and an American culture that teaches them creativity and independent thinking. Above all, Asian families extoll the virtues of education; this attitude is a key component in the success of these students.

Drawing on his own experiences as an immigrant to this country in the 1980s, and as a parent to a son raised in the US, the author concludes by suggesting that Americans rediscover the immigrant attitudes of their ancestors several generations ago. Like Asian immigrants today, they too saw education as a ladder to success in American society. Students anywhere will thrive when their families reinforce the seriousness of education and help children develop the study and discipline habits that ensure academic success. 

From the Author: "There are few topics as widely discussed in America as education. The Hybrid Tiger takes aims at the heart of America's educational debate by asking (and answering!) the question, Why are Asian-American students so successful? Using a narrative style that mixes research with anecdote, Dr. Huang attempts to educate American parents on the beliefs and attitudes Chinese parents transmit to their children about education. Huang provides insight and direction for a nation hungry to see its students succeed. It should be read by parents and educators alike."
--Linda Eno, EdD, principal, Biotechnology High School, Freehold Township, NJ
 "A thought-provoking must-read for any parent or educator interested in the future of American education and the ongoing debate around rigor, standardization of curriculum and assessment, and what it means to truly be educated."
 --Stephen P. Covert, PhD, principal, Pine View School, Osprey, FL

 "An instructive examination of the differences between Asian, Asian-American, and American approaches to education. . . . Students, parents, and educators who adopt the constructs of [Huang's synergistic approach] will reap the benefit of both cultures' approach to education."
--Randy Trani, EdD, superintendent, Corbett High School, Corbett, OR 
"Huang lays out before us a very interesting phenomenon as he analyzes the Chinese family's approach to education and the very American approach. . . . Dr. Huang forces us to view the successes of both cultures in the hope of finding the ideal view of education."
--Mark E. Ertel, principal, Darnell-Cookman Middle/High School of the Medical Arts, Jacksonville, FL
"Provides substantial insight into many of the factors that empower Asian and Asian-American students to succeed at much higher levels than their American peers. . . . As Huang explores the spectrum of differences between American and Chinese culture . . . one significant conclusion emerges: both cultures have much to offer, but the real power is in a healthy blend of both so that students and families can achieve balance in pursuit of achievement and joy." --Tim Gott, EdD, president, National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science, and Technology; director, Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science, Bowling Green, KY

"Huang's work illustrates the paramount strengths and glaring weaknesses of our pedagogy and gives common sense strategies for how to improve and reform. Anyone interested in a real comparative analysis of Chinese and American educational systems will appreciate the new lens that Huang brings into focus."
--Bob Holden, chairman of the Midwest US-China Association, former governor of Missouri

"An extraordinary book. . . . I would recommend [it] as an educational tool to understand the differences between the cultures of Asian and American education. More importantly, I believe it will confirm important habits and traits that help lay out critical components to successful parenting with regards to education."
-- Dr. Susan Lang, superintendent, Wyoming City Schools, Wyoming, OH
The Hybrid appropriate title for Dr. Huang's "voice," for he is both Chinese and American in this personal and yet pertinent presentation of education, parenting and child development in China and America. The six chapters are woven together with personal vignettes, keen observations of the elements of education, parenting and child development, and brief dialogues in which Huang addresses questions posed by American parents. This variety is engaging and invites the reader to reflection on a personal and a cultural level. Huang's use of first person is legitimate and effective: he is not pedantic; instead he is open, pragmatic and humanistic and engenders the reader's immediate connection with the book.
--Judith Peterson, principal of Academic Magnet High School, North Charleston, SC

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