Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior
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|Mon, 01-10-2011 - 2:51pm|
Can a regimen of no playdates, no TV, no computer games and hours of music practice create happy kids? And what happens when they fight back? excerpt copied from the Wall Street Journal
...Despite our squeamishness about cultural stereotypes, there are tons of studies out there showing marked and quantifiable differences between Chinese and Westerners when it comes to parenting. In one study of 50 Western American mothers and 48 Chinese immigrant mothers, almost 70% of the Western mothers said either that "stressing academic success is not good for children" or that "parents need to foster the idea that learning is fun." By contrast, roughly 0% of the Chinese mothers felt the same way.
Instead, the vast majority of the Chinese mothers said that they believe their children can be "the best" students, that "academic achievement reflects successful parenting," and that if children did not excel at school then there was "a problem" and parents "were not doing their job." ... more
Personal Note: I graduated from a large HS in Calgary in '74 and even then the Chinese students were predominantly on the top of the honor roll and they also drove the best cars! These study results are not a revelation to me -- what does surprise me however, is the use of the word 'superior'. I view it more that children have a variety of strengths and differences based on culture and environment..., your thoughts?