Sunday, January 9, 2011

Parenting styles and student performance

At a moment when China's president is on U.S. soil for official state business, and given the fact my school is part of a very cool cultural exchange program with China, it's worth looking at some East / West cultural differences in parenting styles.

From the Wall Street Journal article (actually, it's more an opinion piece):

"In one study of 50 Western American mothers and 48 Chinese immigrant mothers, almost 70% of the Western mothers said either that "stressing academic success is not good for children" or that "parents need to foster the idea that learning is fun."

By contrast, roughly 0% of the Chinese mothers felt the same way." (emphasis mine)

It's an interesting read, to be sure. Just one viewpoint - not mine, not my school's ... but still, interesting!

UPDATE: If you are as fascinated with culture as I am, you'll want to read this follow up in the New Yorker ... apparently the first article has caused quite a stir, and this second article offers some balance and perspective in its analysis.

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