Asian-American students spend significantly more time on homework.

by Grace

Asian-American students spend more than twice as much time on homework as other groups do.


Even when they escape the clutches of  their “Tiger Moms”, they still work harder.


… These differences in time spent studying mirror differences between the U.S. and Asian countries….

Asian students spend less time working at jobs.

If Asian students are spending so much more time studying, what are they giving up? … It appears that the average Asian high school student is not like Amy Chua’s daughters in all aspects. In particular, they spend no more time practicing and performing music, about the same amount of time watching TV, and they spend more time playing on the computer. However, Asians do spend less time on sports and socializing than any of the other ethnic groups. The biggest difference, though, is in time spent working at a job, where White students spend 5.8 hours per week on average and Asian students spend only 2.4 hours. Thus, relative to Whites, Asians appear to be spending less time socializing, playing sports, doing chores, and working, but spend more time studying and playing on the computer.

Tiger Moms are efficient.
Tiger Moms only spend about half an hour a week more than White moms do on education activities, such as reading or helping with homework.  Clearly I have a lot to learn from Asian moms.

Is there a “Tiger Mother” Effect? Time Use Across Ethnic Groups by Valerie A. Ramey, University of California, San Diego

Related:  NYC shows how top colleges could be 50% Asian if not for holistic admissions (Cost of College)

3 Comments to “Asian-American students spend significantly more time on homework.”

  1. I really hate these studies that lump all Asian-Americans together. Asian-Americans are really a collection of people of many disparate origins and cultural backgrounds. Outcomes vary wildly depending on both the actual nationality, number of years in this country, and economic background. My university had already noticed this and has studied it – I went to a presentation on their results. They have found that Asian-Americans who are Pell -eligible do much worse than Asian-Americans as an overall group. Um, as usual, poverty does play a role.
    Another interesting post on this subject


  2. It’s a good first look, and disaggregating all the groups would give better data. As a next step, I’d like to see the numbers controlled for income level. From the document, the education level of the parents does not affect the large differences. I suspect that even controlled for income level, Asians would still come out on top.


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