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January 21st, 2011
Tiger Mother's Prey on Western Child Rearing


Tough Love fueling the path to success.  Praising anything less and an "A" is unacceptable.

It's a very black and white approach...so of course, it has sparked a deep debate.


The Theory:

"Chinese parents demand perfect grades because they believe that their child can get them," Chua writes. "If their child doesn't get them, the Chinese parent assumes it's because the child didn't work hard enough. That's why the solution to substandard performance is always to excoriate, punish and shame the child. The Chinese parent believes that their child will be strong enough to take the shaming and to improve from it."


Of course, the Drive-Thru Divas of the American landscape reacted as if they had just had their eyes clawed out. 

Let's look at the product of each culture's performance; shall we??




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