January 15, 2011 by torqdog
Stu brought up a thought provoking debate on education with his “Predictable Tragedy” thread and as luck would have it, there was an interesting story on NPR the other day describing the differences in how we’re raised can have a tremendous effect on how well we succeed in life. Amy Chua, aka: “the Tiger Mother” has written a book called “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” and an article titled “Why Chinese Mothers are Superior”. In it, she describes the many differences in how our two societies go about educating our children. I’m not going to offer an opinion one way or the other but let’s just say, her method gets results and definitely raises eyebrows in the process.
Here’s a couple of excerpts that set’s the tone.
from the WSJ;
Western parents try to respect their children’s individuality, encouraging them to pursue their true passions, supporting their choices, and providing positive reinforcement and a nurturing environment. By contrast, the Chinese believe that the best way to protect their children is by preparing them for the future, letting them see what they’re capable of, and arming them with skills, work habits and inner confidence that no one can ever take away.
Chinese parents can do things that would seem unimaginable — even legally actionable — to Westerners. Chinese mothers can say to their daughters, “Hey fatty — lose some weight.” By contrast, Western parents have to tiptoe around the issue, talking in terms of “health” and never ever mentioning the f-word, and their kids still end up in therapy for eating disorders and negative self-image. … Western parents are concerned about their children’s psyches. Chinese parents aren’t. They assume strength, not fragility, and as a result they behave very differently.
The WSJ article;
and here’s another article that sheds a negative light on the results of robotic parenting;