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January 29, 2011 8:44 pm

Opinion: The Jewish Tiger Mom

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Bedford Patch – Amy Chua, in her article, “Why Chinese Mothers are Superior” criticizes western parenting for what she perceives to be their overindulgent, democratic style of child rearing. She further asserts that the Asian “tough love approach” yields highly successful children both academically and musically.

I can’t speak for all western parents. I can’t even speak for all Jewish parents. However, Jewish Americans have long been admired for the ability to produce academically successful children. After reading Chua’s article and the fallout, it is clear that a culture has significant impact on the way in which one parents. And perhaps Jews should take heed of what Mrs. Chua says, since over the last two decades I have heard it whispered that Asian children are taking the spots of Jewish children at Harvard and Yale. Maybe Jews have assimilated too much and if we are to regain our coveted Ivy League spots, then we need to reflect upon our humble beginnings.

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