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Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother Revisited

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  1. Gerard Magliocca says:

    My reaction to the book is that it rests on the false premise that hard work and discipline are the most important values to teach children. They are important, of course, but I’ve known many highly successful people with those traits who are dishonest, selfish, or cowardly. Given the success of this memoir, perhaps Professor Chua will write a sequel that talks about those sorts of issues.

  2. Lawrence Cunningham says:

    Excellent review–a fresh perspective on an over-exposed work.

  3. Civ Pro King says:

    Why do you think that Asians,even though they are a minority group, are among the highest income earners in the United States? When I last checked, during the 1990s out of curiousity, they were the only minority group to earn more than whites. Surely, they must be doing something right. And most of them that I know on a personal level, raise their kids the “Chinese mother” way. America needs a value check not just when it comes to raising kids but in almost every respect. America–today–is an unsustainable paradox.

  4. Yes, very insightful. The way book seems to simultaneously appeal to virtue narratives, xenophobia, and “model minority” myths, is quite striking.

  5. Frank says:

    Excellent review—thanks very much. I completely agree: we are much more in need of guidance on “how government should help all families develop their children’s capabilities,” rather than more stories about “the capabilities of families who have won the economic competition.”

    Along those lines, I highly recommend these professors’ works:

    http://www.tc.columbia.edu/faculty/?facid=mar224

    Michael Paris, Framing Equal Opportunity: Law and the Politics of School Finance Reform.

    I doubt Paris or Rebell will get invited to Davos, but I suppose there are other measures of scholarly success.