Tiger mom put her kids through 'boot camp' during their childhood so
they would qualify to go to Harvard. My impression is she was more concerned
about where her kids went to University than she was about their actual
education, seemingly pride was much of her motivation. Great thinkers need to
take time to ponder and to day dream.Kids pushed that hard do well
in their studies as students, but they get burned out such that their love of
learning is diminished or destroyed. In the Orient their math students do better
than ours in part because they are pushed so hard. However their mathematicians
aren't as productive or innovative because by the time they graduate, they
have lost much of their love of learning.One advantage the Orient
does have over us is that the quality of their curriculum is quite high, ours
has been watered down.
Living correct principles leads to success in life. That is what the LDS Church
tries to instill in its members. These are eternal principles and they lead to
happy successful lives,
I believe the goal setting drive of Mormonism helped me accomplish what I have
in my life. The growing up I did as a Mormon missionary, while depriving me of
much of my youth, taught me more about running a business and being successful
than my college or law school education ever could or did. While I will never
step foot in a Mormon church again, I will always be appreciative of my Mormon
culture, which I still claim is a part of me today.
Although I think this tiger mom is obnoxious, I have to admit, we need to borrow
maybe just a little bit of her parenting philosophy. Nowadays, kids spend much
time watching TV, playing video games, on facebook, everything except in school
work. When I was a teaching assistant at Utah State Univ., I met
too many students with sub-standard math skills, no wonder we have to import
foreign engineers and scientists to do the job. It is funny that
when our students practice hard for a ball game, people praise them as hard
working, but when students spend time to advance academic excellence, their peer
students call them nerd or geek. Do they really believe many kids can make a
living by playing professional sports?
Having lived in China for more than two years now, I would argue that the
"orient" and its performance standards for mathematics compared to the
US is an apples versus oranges comparison. The US measures ALL students while
the orient has already separated the students by grade 8 and only measures those
that are going to college. The tech students and less motivated peasants are not
in those advanced math classes and aren't being measured in the bulk score.
I will take the lower scores in the US because what it really means is that any
kid can become something else at anytime. The orient and its high scores have
already sorted and discarded those that aren't "worth the time".
Yup, I like giving all of the kids a chance even when it means the scores are
lower. Not every kid has a "tiger mom" and our teachers and PTA know it,
but some of them despite their background and opportunity still manage to become
some of the best and brightest. Late bloomers are lost in the orient, the are
discarded before they get to bloom.
re Johnny MoserThayne, WYThe Orient focuses on its top
tier students. The United States focuses on the lower middle.They
don't teach their top ties students optimally in that they push them too
hard. We don't do ours justice in that our curriculum has been watered down
and isn't worthy of our best students Our future professionals, scientists
And 69 percent of Jews in the USA voted for Mr. Obama in 2012.
Isn't anyone bothered by this singling out of certain races/religions as
"superior" to everyone else? Are blacks and Catholics to be considered
lesser? Chua ignores all kinds of historical factors that might explain why one
group, on average, doesn't make as much money as another. And at the end
of the day, does making more money and having a more prestigious job make you a
better person? I doubt it.