Hey, tigers, leave them kids alone!

I’m happy to announce that my article Taming the Tiger of Achievement is up on the New York Times blog SchoolBook.

The term tiger mother comes from Amy Chua’s book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. You’ve probably heard about the shocking techniques she used to get her kids to excel in school – such as forbidding them to go on playdates, calling them “garbage,” and demanding that they be the #1 student in every subject except gym and drama. Well, my article argues that most top students don’t have tiger mothers criticizing their every move. Their folks are supportive without being pushy. The most successful students tend to be those who are self-motivated, not forced to do things by mommy and daddy.

By the way, in this article I talk about a survey I’ve given to top students. If you or someone you know would like to participate, click here.

What do you think about the tiger mother phenomenon?


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