I don’t want this,” Chua says, in one particularly memorable moment, when her 4-year-old daughter, Lulu, gives her a birthday card that, the mother judges, couldn’t have taken “more than 20 seconds” to make. “I want a better one — one that you’ve put some thought and effort into. . . . I deserve better than this. So I reject this.”
It took the Chinese over 4,000 years to become a superpower. It took us about 150. So I hardly think it behooves us to treat our kids like serfs in an attempt to compete with them.
The Times, for all its greatness as a newspaper, does a horrible job predicting trends.