Jonathan Kay in last month’s National Post:
Last year, my wife read Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua, and laughed at the author’s insanely Type-A mothering techniques. But when she put Chua’s book down, the first words out of her mouth were “Should we put our kids in piano lessons?”
And so we did. We also sent our youngest child to after-school reading lessons, even though I’m not sure she needed them. The competition from highly motivated immigrants is making stressed out Tiger Mothers of us all.
Unfortunately, it won’t be that simple for everyone. Besides work-ethic and single-mindedness, there are two other major factors here. First, East Asian students are very willing to cheat—success is encouraged by any means necessary. This may change over time, or maybe non-Asians will start cheating more. Second, East Asians have a higher average IQ than Caucasians. That won’t change.