Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Tiger Teachers: Teaching Children The Chinese Way?

How would Uber expectations, academics, and discipline impact western parents and students?
Student twice exceptional!?
  • Uber performance in all academic areas!?
  • Paragon academic focus!?
  • Erudite manners and discipline!?
  • Wise reasoning students!?
  • Uber successful!?
  • Happy well-rounded students!? 
Western vs. Chinese Pedagogical Philosophy in the 21st Century

Tiger Mothers and Teachers flow from one source, "Uber work ethic that gets you across the finish line first. Tiger Mothers and Tiger Teachers like Jaime Escalante instill or impart students with "Uber Work Ethic!." Some people seek or find it on their own but it helps to have that persistent task master driving you! Go Tiger Moms and Teachers!

What are the best aspects of a western educational philosophy?

What are the best aspects of a Chinese educational philosophy?
Tiger Mothers and their Cubs thrive in the Wester Public School Systems. WHY? Engaged parents and students that make real sacrifice for educationa­l success.


  1. As a person with Asperger Syndrome, who was underestimated because of that and received a lot of 'positive reinforcement,' (that Ms Chua speaks so ill of) as a child, I can relate to and appreciate a lot of what Ms Chua is saying and admire her no nonsense approach to education. I disagree with her on some techniques, I do not feel drills are effective and only cause children to associate the educational experience as a negative one. I think the trick is for parents and teachers to intellectually stimulate their children and students and build a love of learning and develop a natural curiosity in each child. Pareents should start talking to their children on an intellectual level at a young age. Even before they learn Reading and Arithmetic, parents should use big words and engage their children about topics in the news and among their family and friends and involve them in decision making.

  2. I believe schools should be stricter in their standards as you say, but understand and respect their students weeknesses and should be open to different methods for students with diverse needs but also provide intellectual stimulation and respect to all students regardless of their abilities. Where I disagree with Ms Chua is that I believe children should be encouraged to make their own decisions and choose their own interests, as opposed to Ms Chua who forced her children to play Violin and Piano and would not let them join sports teams or act in plays and to not let her children watch TV or play Video games. Children need to watch TV and do whatever else other children are doing because its a way of relating to other children on a social level. If children are not familiar with the latest trends, they become easy targets for bullying. I also feel video games could prove to be of value if used in moderation. They help train kids in unexpected areas such as improving their reaction times.

  3. As a child on the Autism Spectrum, I received a lot of 'positive reinforcement' from therapists and teachers. I did not enjoy being patted on the head when I accomplished something relatively simple or being told I was special or the creative approaches to teaching, especially at the ripe old age of eleven I did not enjoy being told to pretend I was a bunny when I worked on balance with my physical therapist.


Thank you!