Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A Critique of Amy Chua's Views on Parenting

Mr. Stolyarov responds to Amy Chua's provocative Wall Street Journal article, "Why Chinese Mothers are Superior"

Unlike Ms. Chua, Mr. Stolyarov argues that parents should cultivate internal discipline, rather than impose external discipline. He analyzes and critiques Chua's view from the standpoints of individual liberty and empathy. He also argues that humiliation does not build character and that the possible paths toward high accomplishment are far broader than Ms. Chua seems to presume.

Supplemental reading: "Unstructured Leisure and Progress" by G. Stolyarov II

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