Our Perspectives

We came up with questions to ask ourselves about our perspectives on this topic.  Overall our perspectives haven’t changed because we are not apart of the pressure.  These are the questions and answers.



1. After you did research on this topic how had your opinion changed towards pressure on students in Asia?

Person 1 ( maddie) : Well, at the start I didn’t really know anything about it. I didn’t really think about it before I researched it.

Person 2 ( lynie): Well  my opinion hasn’t really changed because I still think that Asians shouldn’t be generalised as the only ‘race’ being pressured in studies and school work.

Person 3 (ash): Well, I’m not sure, coz I didn’t really have an opinion on it before, and it hasn’t really changed much.

Person 4 ( katherine) :Before I researched the topic I didn’t know much about the topic at all, just the stereotypical picture that lots of people have, but now I know some of the reasons behind the peer pressure and about it from different people’s views – eg from the students and from the parents. I also understand a lot more about what it leads to, the good and the bad – how you can get more opportunities but also how it can lead to things such as suicide.


2. Would you like their way of education be international? Why or why not?

Person 1: Well if the whole world had their education no one would be classified as normal, and no one would be ‘smart’, no one would be unique.

Person 2:No I don’t think that asian pressure should be recognised internationally but I think the education standard should be recognised internationally because that way everyone is measured in the same scale.

Person 3:No, I think that it would be very hard for me to pass anything because I am so lazy, but I think if everybody had the same education standards it would be cool.

Person 4:No because I don’t think it would work because our generation in most Western countries has grown used to the individualistic and less pressured education and I think the change would be too big and nobody would agree on it and it would create too big of a disruption to actually work properly. Also I think that the pressure leads to too many bad things in children such as child suicides and not enjoying learning – I think that if there is too much pressure then you won’t like to learn and you won’t enjoy working and most of your life.


3. What differences in education can you recognise between New Zealand and Asia?

Person 1:Asian parents put more pressure on their kids to do well, and kiwi parents are saying work hard and we hope you do really well.

Person 2:Well education inasiais really competitive and pressurised, everyone fights to be noticed by grades. whereas education in nz is really slack.

Person 3:In New Zealand, it seems more relaxed and the teacher are friendly, sometimes more friends than teachers. It seems in Asia the education is more tough, more competitive. Teacher and parents are more enemy like than friendly.

Person 4:New Zealand’s education is a lot more relaxed and we are not under as much pressure from our parents and our teachers to get good grades – for example, if I didn’t get a good grade on a test my parents might be disappointed but they wouldn’t be mad and shout at me and call me worthless, which is something common that happens when there is too much pressure. However, because the education is more relaxed more people slack off and don’t get as many opportunities as they could in later life because they are not made to work as hard so they don’t.


4.What was your view on Asian school pressure before it was bought up as a topic for our studies?

Person 1:I didn’t really have a view, I just knew that asian parents were very strict.

Person 2:Well there wasn’t much for me to feel about it ,I just thought it was bad and unfair for Asians who study in European countries because their parents force them to study in the same level as students in Asia.

Person 3:i thought it was really tough and that the parents and teachers were really hard on the students and I thought it wasn’t exactly fair, but I understood why they did it.

Person 4:I didn’t know much about it, I just knew there was lots of pressure to get good grades and that Asian schoolchildren in Western countries generally get in the top percentage of their years and are often put ahead, but I mostly just had the stereotype of Asians being good at Maths and really smart, not really knowing why.


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