Student Well-Being

‘Tiger Mother’ After School

By Mary-Ellen Phelps Deily — January 19, 2011 1 min read
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Everyone else seems to be writing about Amy Chua’s new book “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” so why not Beyond School, too?

One thing that struck me about what I’ve read about the book—and, no, I haven’t actually read the book—is Chua’s ironclad control of her children’s after-school time. No play dates, no sleepovers, and lots and lots of music practice. This is certainly a very different approach to “beyond school” from the more engaging, enriching activities on which this blog generally focuses.

Does the after-school community have a view of the “Tiger Mother” philosophy? What after-school programs meet Chua’s exacting standards and play into the intense, multi-hour-long focus on a particular subject or skill? Will Chua’s book prompt more such programs? I’d love to hear your reactions.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Beyond School blog.