Are American children better of than us?Answer the question in 'for' and also 'against'. It means in you write american children are better than us in what ways and Indian children are better than...

Are American children better of than us?

Answer the question in 'for' and also 'against'. It means in you write american children are better than us in what ways and Indian children are better than them in what ways.

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

First of all, what does "better" mean?  Does this mean morally better?  If so, surely kids all over the world have pretty much the same levels of morality.  Does it mean academically better?  This depends more on the family background of the child and the school system they are in than it does on the child.  So I think this is a very strange question.

I do not know enough about Indian kids to say anything intelligent about them.  Here are some things that we Americans criticize about our teens -- you can decide if people in India would say the same about people your age.

  • They are too interested in using their smart phones and texting their friends.  They are always using this technology and older people think it is a little excessive.
  • They are too interested in watching TV and playing with their video games and such.
  • They do not want to work hard enough because they feel like they already "have it made" because they live in the US and the have a good life.

I think that these are probably criticisms that the older generation makes in a lot of places, not just the US.

brettd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree in that it's pretty difficult if not impossible to give an accurate and complete comparison of two societies' children, especially in 90 words.  If you want to compare the success of their educational systems, that's a little more possible.

The American education system in which I work has a number of strengths and flaws.  One strength it has over its Indian counterparts is access.  Everyone goes to school here regardless of economic class, with both the same minimum standards and the same minimum funding to work with.  Physically and mentally challenged students have equal access to education here as well.

In India, there is more government emphasis and more social value on education.  An educational system inspired and established by Gandhi has come of age, and fundamentally transformed India in the process.  In my opinion, Indian students are more disciplined and more focused on education as a goal than the typical American student.

bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It's pretty hard to generalize about two nations as large and diversified as India and the United States. American children by and large have access to more material "things"--the newest technology, multi-media entertainment, and creature comforts, for example--than most kids around the world. Many probably take these perks for granted, along with other expected rights such as education, a roof over their heads, and fashionable clothing. America truly is a land of opportunity, and many people--children and adults--feel that our country is superior to any in the world. But not all American children can claim such a comfortable lifestyle. Poverty restricts the dreams of many American children, just as it does the millions of homeless children in India. American children may have a better life on the whole, but I'm sure Indian children with similar opportunities would fare equally well when they become adults. 

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
Here's one (mostly stereotypical) way to look at it: Indian children have the advantage of focus. American children have had advantages for too long. Indian children work hard because they have only recently had these advantages, as international companies have moved their due to outsourcing.
lit24 | Student

I suppose you wish to compare and contrast your Indian classmates with your own American classmates.

Asian Indian children come from relatively more stable and happy families. Divorce is rare, and children are always taught from a very early age not to be selfish but to sacrifice their desires in the interests of the larger family unit. Thus I would say that there is relatively more bonding between the different members of the family in an Indian household.

Secondly, Asian Indian children have been taught from a very young age to be frugal and to sacrifice the enjoyment of the present for the sake of a more stable future.

Lastly, Asian Indian children are very hardworking, they are more focused and strive to achieve their goals. Their verbal and quantitative  abilities are excellent. When it comes to Maths they are always at the top of their class.

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