Struggle For Smarts? How Eastern And Western Cultures Tackle Learning

How can we cultivate a love for learning? This article discusses strengths and weaknesses of both sides.

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"I think that from very early ages we [in America] see struggle as an indicator that you're just not very smart," Stigler says. "It's a sign of low ability — people who are smart don't struggle, they just naturally get it, that's our folk theory. Whereas in Asian cultures they tend to see struggle more as an opportunity."

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Yefei Jin