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RE: [teacherartexchange] Korean Mothers vs American mothers


From: LetsartAndy (letsart_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Apr 14 2009 - 22:54:23 PDT

Dear Woody,
Thank you for your thoughtful and rich experience for my question.
Indeed I agree with you in how children think in their behavier and thinking process as their different cultural background as well as language.
It is very resourceful. I am not trying to make a stereotype of western and eastern. What I am interested and
trying to let Korean mothers and teacher is basically how to nurture creative children.
You see many Korean mothers are strong driven in their children's education. That's perhaps good part of
them. However, sometime mothers decide short cuts, easy way to become success(?). They make all the plan for
their children's educational plan from toddlers to high school. They exactly planned daily schedule as well.
Most of Korean children and youth have no time playing. The plan is tight and accurate in their own rights but I feel that majority of mothers get false information which not match quite well for their own unique individualities.
That's why I wanna make some argument case to think about for Korean parenets and teachers.
Thank you so much for your support and if you may allow me I would like to keep ask you some your experience.
Sincerely yours,
Andy Lee from Korea.

> From:
> Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] Korean Mothers vs American mothers
> Date: Sun, 12 Apr 2009 14:32:06 -0600
> To:
> Andy,
> Your topic is interesting. As a retired middle school art teacher
> who had several
> students of asian decent in classes - I formed some opinions. These
> students as a
> rule took easily to drawing from observation and other creative
> efforts. In college I
> studied visual perception and learning styles related to the two
> hemispheres of
> our brains. I taught using techniques from Dr. Betty Edwards and felt
> that my asian
> students were very right brain thinkers. Of course other factors were
> involved in
> their interest and talents in my art classes. Art was a safe place to
> learn social skills
> and develop english skills in a non threatening environment. My asian
> students
> paid careful visual attention to demonstrations either because they
> did not understand
> the oral instructions or because at home they were taught to observe
> carefully.
> I often wondered why they seemed more right brain oriented. Then I
> read an article
> about brain development based on the native language of the learner.
> Most asian
> languages are tonal in nature based upon rising or falling tones much
> like music.
> Early musical skill development has been sighted as training the
> right side of the
> brain. Our standard methods of instruction stress the left hemisphere
> - ie: math,
> language, memorization, etc. The study I read claimed that the
> musical nature
> of asian languages developed the right hemisphere of those who
> learned those
> languages. Even my asian students who were born in the states learned
> their
> parents languages at home. Many served as translators for their parents.
> My observations and opinions are just mine - not based on any study.
> But I believe the language of the learner is a major factor in the
> way they think.
> I recently heard of a study where languages like german and spanish
> which
> have gender specific nouns effect the thinking of the user. For
> instance the word
> bridge is female in spanish and male in german. Speakers of each
> language
> were shown photos of a bridge. Spanish speakers described the bridge as:
> elegant, beautiful, artistic, soaring, etc. While german speakers
> gave descriptions
> like: strong, sturdy, powerful, etc.
> The languages we learn appear to have a major impact on the way we
> think
> and see the world. So perhaps there is much more to the way we turn
> out than
> just the way our mothers raised us. Just something more to think
> about. My own
> mother taught me to have respect for all types of people, to be open
> minded.
> Yet, I was 20 before I learned that she had a strong, long held
> prejudice toward
> germans. Mothers decide what to teach their children.
> Good Luck on Your Book, Woody
> On Apr 11, 2009, at 10:18 AM, Gv@gHF wrote:
>> Dear Friends,
>> I need some help, idea, oppinion, experience and any help for me to
>> write a small book about "How parents and teachers encourage
>> children's creativity".
>> My book will something that what are some good experience and
>> examples thjat you might had before.
>> I am a Korean art teacher and currently teaching Korean children
>> age 7 to 13. But I have found quite confusing and difficulty of
>> Korean mothers and teachers specially mothers.
>> Most of Korean young mothers are quite focused and strongly driven
>> for their will for children's education. They so think they are
>> Alpha Mom.
>> As you perhaps have heard that Korean are very competitive in
>> education but they are very competitive and strict.
>> I am trying to write all mothers are same that they love their
>> children dealy. But I see quite alot of difference in their
>> education for creative environment.
>> I am trying to make some argument and points that Korean and
>> american mothers nurture and teach their children in different
>> way. There are good parts of Korean mothers's side
>> but also I want them to know how good american mothers and teachers
>> lead their children in creative education.
>> If you wouldn't mind would you please share some your experience
>> and stories or information about good part of American teachers and
>> mothers?
>> I have studied in the states for 8 years and taught there for about
>> few years. I have had greatest time ever while I was there. All
>> my professors were great and they were like my father and mother.
>> I saw so many wonderful things in public and private education as
>> an art major. I would like to introduce these good
>> Korean mothers and teachers.
>> Please feel free to share your thoughts and stories or experience
>> with me. You can email me seperately or you can bring free
>> discussion.
>> I am looking forward to hearing from you all.
>> Thakn you so much.
>> Sincerely yours,
>> Andy Lee from Korea
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