In 2011, Amy Chua published her best-selling book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. Parents and educators snapped up copies. Ms. Chua, a Chinese-American mother of two, was on all of the morning television shows extolling the virtues of more aggressive and demanding parenting techniques. There was an arrogance to her message and frequent comments such as “I want my children to be well rounded” or “Her children are nothing but automatons” followed the author everywhere. But negative comments aside, most traditional measures of parenting success indicated her children were quite accomplished. As parents and educators, we worried whether our children could compete on a new world stage.
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