Why Chinese Mothers are Superior – by Amy Chua – Wall Street Journal
I still haven’t read this article in it’s entirety. I’ve heard that it’s gone viral. But I finally read a bit more of it today, and the few paragraphs I traversed caused me to start talking to myself – loudly (to no one in particular) – and eventually infuriated me to such an extent that I found myself walking out to the kitchen, by myself, standing still and straight, with my right fist clenched tightly.
Wow. I guess I was angry.
The part I read was the difficult piano piece example, where Amy Chua basically threatens and terrorizes her daughter over a long period of time into performing what she thought was previously unattainable. And the satisfaction and boost in self confidence that her daughter gained as a result (as Ms. Chua claims, anyways) was seen to justify and validate her methods.
To that, I have a few thoughts.
- Machiavelli: the ends justify the means
- What exactly did she learn through this?
- My brother-in-law once told me that he believes your parenting philosophy reveals your true theology.
I will expand upon items #1 through #3, but that will have to wait for a later post. For now, all I will say is: