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How to bring up prodigies

Chinese-American author Amy Chua has triggered a storm with her claims that westerners should raise their children as strictly as the Chinese. Is she right?

By Patti Waldmeir   February 2011

(Above) Music lessons with Amy Chua: “If the next time’s not PERFECT, I’m going to TAKE ALL YOUR STUFFED ANIMALS AND BURN THEM”

There is nothing quite so insufferable as advice about how to raise one’s children—unless it is advice about how to raise one’s children from the Chinese. Sure, the Chinese have trounced the west in the global financial crisis, and might just rule the world by the time that today’s western children are grown—but the west still “does” childhood better than the Chinese do, right?

Perhaps not. Amy Chua, a professor of law at Yale and second…

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