Why are immigrant children better?
Not just because it’s smarter.
According to the Australian broadcasting corporation, recent surveys of students’ academic performance have shown that students from immigrant backgrounds in Australia have better academic performance than their native peers.
In 2017, the OECD’s survey of migrants education found that students from the Philippines, China and India were more likely to reach the baseline academic level than those born and raised in Australia.
The baseline academic level is the science, reading and math skills that students exhibit at the age of 15.
A similar situation occurred in the national literacy and numeracy examination (NAPLAN) in 2016.
Those who do not speak English at home are better at spelling and grammar, writing and computer tests.
This is not a new phenomenon, nor is it just in Australia.
Research has been done around the world since the 1980s to find out.
Why do immigrant students, in the face of great challenges and new countries in their lives, have been able to do better than local students?
The stereotype of minority students can be traced back to the 1966 U.S. report, which found that asian-americans reached or surpassed white americans in IQ and basic achievement.
The results of the 1980s and 1990s are similar.
The answer is not that immigrants are smarter.
In 1991, U.S. intelligence researcher James Flynn reanalyzed the Asian American IQ study and concluded that IQ is roughly equal to that of north americans.
Similarly, our study of primary school students in China and Vietnam found that although their math scores were higher than those of Australian students, they had the same IQ.
Asian students reportedly spend more time on study than Australian students, which is a good reason for their math, but not all.
The pursuit of good education to get a good job is crucial to the immigrant family and is the key to the problem.
Asian students are far more likely to study for a job than local students.