Heaven, not Harvard!

Over at the LifeNews Opinion column, SBA List Staff Writer Maura Butler writes:

Being a mom of three, I often chat with other moms and read mommy blogs.  Something I read struck me this week as solidly ironic.  An article printed in the Wall Street Journal entitled “Why Chinese Mothers are Superior” was all the buzz this week. 

Cleverly published when Chinese President Hu Jintao was enjoying a diplomatic visit to the U.S., this article stuck in my mind as I read a story about Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and a quote from Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) regarding China’s macabre One Child Policy.

The author, Amy Chua, a Yale law professor, spoke of raising her two daughters in a traditionally Chinese way, demanding of them using techniques that many Western parents would consider downright mean.  Chua’s self-described parenting style included yelling, shaming, name-calling and other forceful methods to get her children to turn out to be the best at anything they did: namely academics and musical instruments. 

She spoke of calling her daughter “garbage” as a way to disgrace her in front of others for being disrespectful and shame her into good behavior.  Chua explained that Chinese mothers do this out of wanting the best for their children…

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