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What is better: Eastern or Western style of learning? Why not both!

As many are unaware of the difference between Eastern and Western styles of teaching and learning, let’s begin with a simplified answer courtesy of Jim Stigler, a notable expert on the subject.

“I think that from very early ages, we [in North America] see struggle as an indicator that you’re just not very smart,” says Stigler. “It’s a sign of low ability: people who are smart don’t struggle; they just naturally get it. In Asian cultures, however, struggle is seen more as an opportunity.

“In Eastern cultures, it’s just assumed that struggle is a predictable part of the learning process,” Stigler continues. “Everyone is expected to struggle in the process of learning, and struggling becomes a chance to show that you, the student, have what it takes emotionally to resolve the problem by persisting through that struggle.”

One of the great things about the ‘melting pot’ in Canada, particularly in the Greater Toronto Area (besides the wonderful Asian choice in cuisines), is the meshing together of two fantastic cultures.

For Angel Kuang, the founder of Inspiration Learning Center, it was important to find a way to join Eastern and Western teaching styles to benefit her students. She says, “Every child is unique and finding the right teaching style, combining the best of both worlds, has provided our students with the most success!”

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