At a tremendously informative and humorous lecture that I attended last night, JoAnn Deak, in Q.A., shared her opinion about the effectiveness of “Tiger Moms”.  “It depends on the temperament of the child”.  Some children can take it and thrive, others can’t – cultural background will play a part on how their children perform. JoAnn is a consultant to schools worldwide on issues of brain development and gender equity.  She tells us that educators are “neurosculptors” of children and play a crucial role in our children’s brain development. Based on rigorous research and her professional experiences she makes recommendations for immediate practical steps in our school systems. Informed opinion leaders recommend JoAnn‘s books GIRLS WILL BE GIRLS, HOW GIRLS THRIVE and other publications “to all educators who want to improve the world for girls”www.DEAKgroup.com


Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior
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? By AMY CHUA
A lot of people wonder how Chinese parents raise such stereotypically successful kids. They wonder what these parents do to produce so many math whizzes and music prodigies, what it’s like inside the family, and whether they could do it too. Well, I can tell them, because I’ve done it. Here are some things my daughters, Sophia and Louisa, were never allowed to do:
• attend a sleepover
• have a playdate
• be in a school play
• complain about not being in a school play
• watch TV or play computer games
• choose their own extracurricular activities
• get any grade less than an A
• not be the No. 1 student in every subject except gym and drama
• play any instrument other than the piano or violin
• not play the piano or violin.
I’m using the term “Chinese mother” loosely. I know some Korean, Indian, Jamaican, Irish and Ghanaian parents who qualify too. Conversely, I know some mothers of Chinese heritage, almost always born in the West, who are not Chinese mothers, by choice or otherwise. I’m also using the term “Western parents” loosely. Western parents come in all varieties.
The Tiger Mother Responds to Readers
Chua’s Daughter Sophia Explains What Life isReally With her ‘Tiger Mom’
An Asian Father’s GIft: Permission to Fail