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  • facts_r_stubborn Kaysville, UT
    Jan. 15, 2011 9:55 p.m.

    It's important to pull out the fundamentals here, as even the Chua admits. It's not the specific nuances in methods a parent uses, it's what works with each child to help them become successful and happy adults. True parenting is always based on love.

    The fundamentals of adulthood include: family, education, career, physical and mental development, sociality, membership, spirituality, money, the facticity of life, etc. Anyone who ignores the fundamental concerns of human beings can't be completely fulfilled and happy as an adult.

    Unfortunately, we do have many arrested adolescents in modern society who are adults chronologically, but have never learned what being an adult really means. They identify with a certain lifestyle or way of being, but they never understand that there are certain human concerns that a true adult must deal with, and they cannot long ignore. They are the "happy go lucky" ones who never seem to have any problems.

    When we tell people it is ok to be a child for their entire lives, by excusing lazy, neglectful, thoughtless bad and destructive behavior, that is not a good thing for the individual or our society.

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    Jan. 14, 2011 11:31 p.m.

    The rejection of the well-rounded education needs to be answered more than it has been.

    The total rejection of drama, the single-minded focus on certain parts of education, is disturbing.

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    Jan. 14, 2011 11:29 p.m.

    I think that Chua is ignoring issues of class. She is ignoring the weighted ways of immigration. Even more odd, I do not understand the whole "the children will only practice the instrument I choose for them" attitude.

    I also would argue that many of the claims of un-restricted positives for Asian Americans would not stand up to close scrutiny of the real facts.

    If people of Asian descent are more numerous on college campuses than in the general population, it has often been more due to international students than high performing students coming up through the American system.