the chinese mother

I came across this post, a review of Amy Chua’s new book “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.”  In general, she sums up what it takes to be a successful Chinese parent.  Why would you want to model yourself after a Chinese parent?  Chua’s two daughters might provide some inspiration – one performed at Carnegie Hall at the age of 14, the other is a successful violinist.

When I read some of the tenants of Chua’s parenting style, I was slightly offended.  Not only did she demand perfection of her daughters, but she denied them the ability to take part in the “normal” activities of adolescence – slumber parties, school plays, etc.  Then I wondered, “what would my students be like if they switched parents for a month, a week, or even a few days?”

The problem in education cannot be attributed to one factor.  But if the “parenting factor” could be addressed, even in such a revolutionary, “Chinese” way, what would the impact be?

Amy Chua’s book can be purchased here.