Critics are hammering the U. Five asian student success and nearly 25, miles asian student success, one revelation became clear: A math class there is the same as a math class here, only in a different language. Throughout much of Asia, education is seen as the only path to success. Parental demands, fear of failure, competition and pride are fueling Asia's academic ascension. Economic triumph is tied to educational triumph. And in a world where business has no geographical or political boundaries, everyone everywhere is the competition.