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ERIC Number: EJ826255
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
How Good Are the Asians? Refuting Four Myths about Asian-American Academic Achievement
Zhao, Yong; Qiu, Wei
Phi Delta Kappan, v90 n5 p338-344 Jan 2009
The "model minority" myth is multi-layered and need to be demystified on several levels. Authors Yong Zhao and Wei Qiu challenge four myths about Asian-American students: (1) Not all Asian American students achieve the level of academic excellence and thus efforts must be made to treat each student as an independent individual; (2) Asian American students' academic achievement is the result of conscious choice, not genetic determination; (3) Asian American students' academic excellence tends to mask their psychological problems and thus we must work to acknowledge, identify, and address these problems; (4) Asian American students' academic excellence comes at the cost of other skills and knowledge thus we must understand the costs and realize that Asian students are not excellent in all areas.
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Language: English
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