23 Sep '12, 2pm

The prime minister of Singapore launched an attack on pushy parenting in late August, a style rarely questioned there

The prime minister of Singapore launched an attack on pushy parenting in late August, a style rarely questioned there

ONCE upon a time most of the tiny island-state of Singapore was a jungle. That is nearly all gone now, but the country is still heavily populated by tigers. These strict, unyielding felines, celebrated by Amy Chua in her book on the superiority of Chinese parenting, “The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother”, load their cubs down with extra homework and tuition to make them excel at school. Western parents are usually horrified at the pressure the tiger mums exert on their children to get better grades or become concert violinists, preferably before puberty. But in Singapore this style of parenting, especially among the ethnic Chinese majority, is rarely questioned.

Full article: http://www.economist.com/node/21563354?fsrc=scn/tw/te/pe/...

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