EL 1000 English CompⅠ: Exposition, Section 015
20 October 2012
The Truth about Tiger Mothers
* attend a sleepover
* watch TV or play computer games
* get any grade less than an A
—Amy Chua, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
In her parenting memoir, Amy Chua lists several such things that she would never allow her daughters to do. It is under these strict guidelines that Chua’s two daughters, both of whom are considered as math geniuses and music prodigies, achieve great success in school. With her book coming out, a lot of people are amazed by her successful, yet strict child-rearing experience. Meanwhile, they come to question this Chinese parenting model: How can parents be so “cruel” to their children? Admittedly, I have a Tiger Mother similar to Chua. When I was a child, she also executed strict rules: never allowing me to get a grade lower than A minus; limiting my extracurricular activities to learning Chinese painting and calligraphy; spying on me during English spelling drills, and so on. At first, I was really upset about her extreme “cruelty.” But now I come to realize why Chinese Tiger Mothers, including mine, are so strict with their children. Unlike most Western parents who are anxious about their children’s self-esteem and therefore constantly try to reassure them, Chinese mothers assume diligence and strength in their children, believing they can finally get over troubles if they work hard enough. As a result, Tiger Mothers will take an extremely harsh stance if their children do not meet their expectations. Once I got a B on my English midterm. When I handed the score report to my mother, she gasped in horror and anxiously asked what was wrong with me. Well, I am using euphemism here because in fact, she angrily called me “trash” in Chinese. Later, that day turned out to be a nightmare filled with hundreds of “cloze practices” (a type of test in which you put suitable words in spaces in a text where...
...62 Stevens Road
19th August 23, 2013
Dear Mrs Chua,
I felt obliged to write to you to express my concern and dismay after reading your autobiography “Battle Hymn of the TigerMother”. You have obviously very strong views on the strict upbringing of children.
I was shocked when I decoded the title of your autobiography, “Battle Hymn of the TigerMother”. I found that your title is loaded with negative connotations. Conflict is dealt with in “war” terms, by using the term ‘battle’. This implies that you believe raising a child is stressful, wounding or even fatal. However, parenting is one of the most wonderful experiences in life. By using the word ‘hymn’ in your title, you’re hinting that you’re above mortals, as hymns are sung to deity. Your additional use of ‘tiger’ to describe yourself, adds that you view yourself as confident, strong and a respected person. Some will fear you. I disagree with this because as a mother, you shouldn’t be placed in a hierarchy but rather you should be an open friend for your children to go to.
I personally find your approach towards parenting overly zealous and I was horrified when I read what unrealistic expectations you have for your children. I noticed this when you stated that your children were “never allowed to get any grade less than an A grade” and that “an A-minus is a bad grade”. In my opinion, a child will have their strengths and...
... Why not a “TigerMother”
Nowadays, numerous parents connected their strict Asian-American parenting style with their children’s academic success, but is this narrow definition of success sufficient for raising an effective member in the society and have the parents pondered the consequences of this kind of parenting? “Tigermother” refers to Amy Chua, a Chinese-American Yale law professor and author of the book “Battle Hymn of the TigerMother”. Her book documents her motherhood experiences has become a controversial subject that has been discussed ultimately in The Time Magasin under the title of “The Roar of the Tiger Mom” in 2011. “Tiger mom”’s method has intrigued American public opinion toward obvious anxiety related to the American identity crisis that affected various aspects, such as economic, political, and educational sectors.According to the article above, Amy Chua's authoritarian parenting manner was positively received by many western mothers. Although the Chinese “tiger mother's” method has triumphed in producing successful children compared to western mothers, this kind of parenting style can be counterproductive because the children would suffer from psychological troubles, reduced communication, and deficient creativity.
First of all, psychological troubles...
...Education Concept from the Aspect of Tiger Mother’s Education.
A Tentative Study on Chinese Traditional Education Concept from the Aspect of Tiger Mother’s Education.
Tigermother education is a kind of Chinese education which is strict, well-regulated and full-scale. Battle hymn of the tigermother is a typical work of tigermother education which is written by Amy Chua, a Chinese American. The core of this study is to investigate the Chinese education ways which are implied in this book. The first part is mainly focus on the book Battle hymn of the tigermother and the education concepts it has implied. The second part concentrates on the Chinese traditional education concepts which are implied in Chinese idioms. After a detailed comparison between two education concepts I found out the Chinese education concepts which are implied in tigermother education. Like the idioms say nothing can be accomplished without norms or standards, Good pupils are to be brought up by strict teachers. Tigermother education is a kind of well-regulated Chinese education.
Key words: Chinese Traditional Education Concept TigerMother Education
Chapter 1. Introduction 4
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Do to the article American racism continues by Laure D. Blackburne racism has been going on for more than 500 years, African Americans were haunted down, captured and physically beaded. Based on Laure D. Blackburne she said “one hundred and fifty one years have passed since slavery was abolished with the emancipation proclamation and 50 years since racial segregation was outlawed.” In today’s world hatred of African Americans continues like looking back at the trayvon martin case it could have been a different way of handling that situation from a young man with a black hood gets murdered due to discrimination. George zimmeran felt as if trayvon martin was a threat because he African American wearing a hoodie at night. Looking at the article American racism continues Laura d....
...Century, Green Power, Parenting and Education, Business & Advertising, or Rumors. Find a topic that you 1) care about but 2) need to learn more about. You will be practicing the skills of synthesis in order to investigate the topic in greater depth and work with sources more expertly. In general terms, a synthesis is "the combination of separate elements to form a coherent whole" (American Heritage Dictionary. 2nd college edition). Thus, an explanatory synthesis combines many sources in order to show the range of perspectives and information on an issue. According to our textbook, "An explanation helps readers understand a topic. Writers explain when they divide a subject into its component parts and present them to the reader in a clear and orderly fashion. . . . Your job in writing an explanatory paper ... is not to argue a particular point, but rather to present the facts in a reasonably objective manner. Explanatory papers should be based on a thesis. But the purpose of a thesis in an explanatory paper is less to advance a particular opinion than to focus the various facts contained in the paper" (WRAC 109).
The Assignment: You will write an explanatory synthesis on a topic before writing your position paper (#2C) on an issue involving that topic. Your synthesis should demonstrate that you understand the main contribution of each source to the ongoing conversation about the issue as well as the relationships between the...
Which parenting style will lead to a child becoming successful and stable in life? Many argue about the answer to this question. There are four main types of parenting styles. There’s authoritarian parenting which follows a set of strict rules and doesn’t necessarily nurture the child; apathetic towards their emotions, demanding a sort of blind obedience from the child. Authoritative parenting which takes a more moderate approach; setting high standards, nurtures, and responds to the child’s emotions. Permissive parenting which is reluctant to impose rules and standards, preferring to allow kids to regulate themselves. Finally, there’s the hands-off parenting in which the parent doesn’t involve themselves in much of the child’s life; in serious cases leads to the child being neglected. Out of these four main parenting styles, authoritative parents raise the most successful, well-adjusted children.
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Throughout Conjectures and Refutations: The Growth of Scientific Knowledge (1963), Karl Popper suggests that no scientific theory can be classified as truth. The only thing that can be done is to attempt to falsify the theory over and over again reject the theory repeatedly in different situations. Each failed attempt will strengthen the theory and bring it closer to the truth. Hence, Popper claimed that the truth of a hypothesis can never be confirmed.
A hypothesis is an “if-then” statement, which that is an assumption of causality. A basic example of a hypothesis is “If somebody jaywalks, then others will too”. To confirm this hypothesis of human psychology and the causality of one person jaywalking leading to others jaywalking, one would have to observe the reaction of the other subjects to the original jaywalker. On a more general note, for a hypothesis to be tested and confirmed, one must observe the effect of whatever is being caused. An observation is made when a person or device uses one of its senses to detect and formulate an understanding of what has happened, whether it is qualitative or quantitative. However, for somebody or something to hear an event, it is assumed that the sound must travel from the source to the observer and for somebody or something to witness an event, the light must travel from the source to the observer.
Sound and light are Light is assumed to travel at a finite...
...AN INCONVIENT TRUTH
The Earth�s atmosphere is pathetically thin when compared to the size of the earth�almost nothing.� That is why humanity can have such a devastating impact on it.���
What is global warming (aka �greenhouse effect,� �climate change�)?� Sunlight arrives here on earth, giving us light.� Some of the light hits the ground, readily penetrating it, and then gets converted into heat radiation.� Now, the air has just a little bit of CO2 in it. That CO2 acts a bit like the glass in a greenhouse, or a sweater: it traps the heat, thus keeping the earth warm and comfortable.� But now we�re increasing the amount of CO2 and other greenhouse gases such as methane (natural gas), and the earth is getting warmer.�
We go back to another educational experience Al Gore had, this one with a great teacher.� The teacher�s name was Roger Ravelle, the first scientist to measure CO2 in Earth�s atmosphere.� And even then, almost 40 years ago, Ravelle already presented evidence to Al�s college class that the levels of CO2 in the entire atmosphere were rising.� He projected all that into the future.� These projections really got the teacher, and Al, worried.
When we look at the graph, at how CO2 �levels rise, we see that that they go up, overall, but also that every year they perform a mini-cycle of going up and down.� Why is that?� Well, we have a much greater landmass and hence vegetation in the Northern hemisphere than in the Southern.� So, overall, in the...