Are Chinese Mothers Really Superior?

In Amy Chua’s Washington Post article, “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior,” she claims that children who are raised by Chinese parents are more successful in life than children that are raised by Western parents. She claimed that the style, strictness, and directness that Chinese parents have with their kids, allows their childrento excel in everything they do. She also mentioned that Chinese parents consider their kids’ failure, the kids’ fault, but that Western parents blame the school when their kids failed. Chua stated that Chinese parents work longer on academic activities with their kids, and said that Western children are more involved in sports than academics.

According to Chua, there are three differences between Chinese and Western parents. First, Western parents worried too much about their children’s self esteem in areas where Chinese parents believe their children are strong enough and can handle the criticism. Second, Western parents believe that as parents they have to provide and care for their children, Chinese parents on the other hand, believe that their children are forever indebted with their parents for everything they’ve done for them. Third, Western parents believe their kids should be allowed to make their own decisions, Chinese parents believe that they know what’s best for their children and do not allow their children to make any choices on their own.

I believe Chua’s strategy is effective, because practice makes excellence, demanding A’s and excellence from your children is an excellent way to motivate them. But in my opinion, her approach to discipline is problematic because kids should be able to have some kind of fun. What is the one thing that makes you get better at something? Yes, you got it! Practice. Like Chua said, “Tenacious practice, practice, practice is crucial for excellence” (Chua 2). Children don’t usually like to work on academic activities, that’s why it’s u..

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