I’m fascinated by this article by Amy Chua, “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior.”
I’m not a parent, but I suspect that if I were, I would be the typical lenient western parent that Ms. Chua looks down on. If nothing else, I don’t think I’d have the energy to be drill sergeant to my kids and make sure they sit for three hours at a piano. (Lazy parents raise lazy kids?)
As an actor I’m particularly dubious of this mother’s not allowing her daughters to be in plays. What’s the problem with drama? What if a girl has acting talent? Are you going to make her life miserable by forcing her to play violin?
And what if a kid loves Rock’n’Roll, comic books, movies, fast cars, shooting guns, telling jokes or drawing cartoons? Are these pursuits good enough for a Chinese mother?
What do you think?