In a classroom in any countries, the teacher teaches more than art or history or language. He or she teaches something behind – the culture of the country.
In a country such as the United States, people with different history, culture and language join together and they pay much attention to personal ideas. Teachers try to make each student special. Students do not have to remember a lot of information. Instead, they work and find answers by themselves. There is often discussion in the classroom. At an early age students learn to encourage personal thought. The importance is placed on how to arrive at an answer and not only to get the correct answer.
In most Asian countries, people have the same language, history and culture. Perhaps for this reason, the education there pays more attention to group goals than personal ideas; Children in China and Japan often work together and help each other on homework. In the classroom, the ways of teaching are often very traditional. The teacher says, and the students listen. There is not much discussion. Instead, the students repeat rules or information that they have been taught in order to keep them in mind.
In many ways these differences come from different educational ideas. In western countries teachers are taught to help students to learn. They make it easier for the students to learn by themselves. In some Asian countries, however, teachers often feel that their job is to pass knowledge to students.