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Jonathan Kay: Canada is becoming a nation of ‘Tiger Mothers’

posted Mar 18, 2012, 11:09 AM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Mar 18, 2012, 11:09 AM ]
Jonathan Kay  Feb 10, 2012 – 11:13 PM ET National Post (blog)

According to census results released on Wednesday, Canada has the fastest-growing population of any G8 nation, with two-thirds of the growth coming from immigration. These newcomers aren’t just redrawing Canada’s population map, they’re also radically transforming our elite educational institutions.

This is especially true of immigrants from Philippines, India and China, who collectively make up about a third of all migrants to Canada, and who tend to exhibit high levels of academic performance. A 2010 study of Toronto District School Board students found that 72% of students from Eastern Asian immigrant families, and 50% from South Asian families, went on to university — as compared with just 42% of Canadian-born students. The city of Vancouver is about 21% East Asian. Yet roughly double that proportion of UBC students self-identify as East Asian.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that the trend is the same in competitive high schools.

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