According to Amy Chua, Yale Law School professor and author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, there is a very good reason why Asian children stereotypically excel in mathematics and music. It's all in the way they were raised. Recently, The Wall Street Journal published Ms. Chua's essay, Why Chinese Mothers are Superior . I'll bet the mere title of that article ruffled a few feathers at the playground..
- schoolwork always comes first
- A-minus is a bad grade
- your children must be two years ahead of their classmates in math.
- you must never compliment your children in public
- if your child ever disagrees with a teacher or coach, you must always take the side of the teacher or coach.
- the only activities your children should be permitted to do are those in which they can eventually win a medal; and that medal must be gold.
- attend sleepovers
- participate in school plays
- complain about not being in a school play
- go on playdates
- watch TV or play computer games
- choose their own extracurricular activities
- get any grade less than an A
- be the #1 student in every subject except gym and drama
- play any instrument other than the piano or violin
- not play the piano or violin