DAVID BROOKS — What would he think of Sudbury Valley School?

“[S]he [Amy Chua] is not really rebelling against American-style parenting; she is the logical extension of the prevailing elite practices. She does everything over-pressuring upper-middle-class parents are doing. She’s just hard core.”

“I have the opposite problem with Chua. I believe she’s coddling her children. She’s protecting them from the most intellectually demanding activities because she doesn’t understand what’s cognitively difficult and what isn’t.”

ARTICLE LINK: Amy Chua Is a Wimp (and don’t forget to click on the Comments…. Highlights tab … “There is a middle way between these two extremes.”)

Actually, I think it’s like any duality… it’s both easy and hard to be a kid with a parent like the “Tiger Mother”… easy because you don’t have to choose (freedom is difficult)… hard because playing the piano or doing math problems for hours and hours against your will is not fun!

So I think David Brooks would think SVS is interesting in that it is the true opposite of the parenting and educational approach the Tiger Mother took. High standards, but standards that come FROM WITHIN each person, not from their parents.

See also:
Sudbury Valley – the Easiest School or the Hardest? (a written version of this talk was also published in the SVS Journal, Volume 40, Number 1, Fall 2010)
Stupid white man criticizes smart Chinese woman
Gender & the Brain: A New View (Chua has 2 girls, so it made me think… what if she had boys?)
Video Games Boost Brain Power, Multitasking Skills
(also depression?) (and childhood obesity?)
– Organic Intelligence, Toy Story and “What Did You Do In School Today?” (SVS Journal, Vol 40, Num 1, Fall 2010)
– A longer Brook’s article on this same theme: “The meal was delightful, but it [a first date] was also a rigorous intellectual exam that made the S.A.T. seem like tic-tac-toe.” ARTICLE LINK: “the Composure Class” (seems partially an attempt to followup on his BOBO word from 2000 but bear with him! Good description of attachment parenting “Thanks to his mom’s attunement, he became confident that if he sent a signal it would be received. Later in life, his sense of security enabled him to go out and explore the world.”)


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