Now, no one should ever condone book burning, but many a parent is up in arms over Amy Chua’s new book “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” and can imagine tossing it on a pile of hot scorching coals.
The book that goes on sale today – in a nutshell – argues “why Chinese mothers are superior,” which is the title of the Wall Street Journal essay about the topic. In the excerpt from the book, Chua makes the point that Western mothers are much too lienent with their children, allowing them too much freedom and…well…fun. While Chinese mothers are characterized as stern task masters with strong wills and rules. For example she writes that her two daughters are not allowed to:
- attend a sleepover
- have a playdate
- be in a school play
- complain about not being in a school play
- watch TV or play computer games
- choose their own extracurricular activities
- get any grade less than an A
- not be the No. 1 student in every subject except gym and drama
- play any instrument other than the piano or violin
- not play the piano or violin.
Yes, pretty extreme. But she argues that in adhearing to her cultural way of parenting she has produced children who get straight A and are excelling. But the big question is…at what cost?
You can read the excerpt here. Would you buy the book or would you avoid it like the plague? Or perhaps you’d check it out to see the other – more strict – half live. And to order, Amazon has it on sale for $14.27 right here.