I was just settling in to write a post about the Tiger Mother hoopla, when I discovered that Cynthia Tucker had already said most of what I wanted to say, and it's here.
What I'd underscore from her piece is that one of the reasons for the ridiculous amount of attention this woman and book have received is that among certain classes, a version of the Tiger Parent is fast multiplying. "Tiger Mother Lite" is probably the best term. There are tons of them here at the university, for example, and it's fun sport to watch them talk about their kids at a social event--a polite exchange of information that is in reality a battle for supremacy by proxy, the verbal equivalent of a West Side Story rumble.
Ultimately, if the fallout from the book gives a few more kids their summers back, I guess I'm for it.
I'll end with a Zen koan in honor of the book: What is the sound of one hand carrying money to the bank?
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