I'm very sure most of us are familiar with the nature of Kiasu-ism
, whether you are the victim or the culprit!
While the term "kiasu" is generally meant to mean someone who is obsessive over something (to my understanding, anyway), when used by students it has come to take on the single, more specific meaning of a student who has an (often unhealthy) obsession over their studies, some of them also having anti-social traits like refusing to participate in classroom activities or having a mean competitive nature, like refusing to help explain when asked a question by another student so as to deprive them of knowledge and defend their title as "the best student".
I have been a member of my school's "top class" each year, so I'm very well acquainted with kiasu-ism. But the label of a "kiasu" is not always rightfully attached to the brainy ones - some brainy ones are in fact not
kiasu, they socialise with their classmates and are more than happy to share knowledge and teach others - in fact, it is often found that there is a queue
of people waiting to ask the best add. math student in my class a question during free periods! And she does well in explaining the steps.
On the other hand, two people in my class absolutely embody the classic nature of kiasu-ism - one of whom is quite anti-social, the other of whom gets rather snappy when you ask her a question.
So, how about you guys? What are your experiences and opinions on the nature of the kiasu
? How do you think such a nature affects a classroom and learning environment? Discuss.