Friday, January 28, 2011

Anthony Esolen Dares to Take on Amy Chua

"Whereas Ms. Chua sees the mission of parenting to be to narrow children’s vision to focus on the relevant, useful and practical, Mr. Esolen seeks not just to broaden children’s vision to include the seemingly irrelevant, useless and impractical virtues of honor, heroism and love, but to raise their gaze to the heavens and the heroes and saints who reflect them" — Forget the “Tiger Mother” . . . Embrace the “Lion Father”.

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Blogger Enbrethiliel said...


The title Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child reminds me of something that happened during a tutorial this week. I was helping one of my Korean high school students with metaphorical thinking, for an essay she had to write.

As the topic was education, my first question was: "If you had to pick three objects that perfectly symbolise a good teacher, what would they be?"

Her answer: "First, chalk. Second, blackboard. Third, record book."

Too literal, right? So I suggested that she think of three things that had nothing to do with school. Then she said:

"First, whip. Second, cage."

She couldn't think of a third. =P

But the good news is that she really liked being asked to think in metaphors for once and that we got the first draft of a really creative essay done. =)

12:35 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

I'm always glad to of hear Filipinos (or -as, in this case) talking sense into these Koreans. I have a friend here, the top physical therapist in the country, who visits the Philippines regularly and has nothing to say but good things about your country, often to the disparagement of his own people. He's a Protestant Christian, with a true missionary heart.

I guess with my Korean wife we've opted for the "Liger Parenting" approach, her playing the Tiger to my Lion.

1:35 AM  
Blogger Enbrethiliel said...


It sounds like a good balance. =)

I know that all the sympathies I have with Amy Chua come from having had neither a Lion father nor a Tiger mother. It's great that your children can have both.

1:45 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Well, a day in our home would probably convince you that we are completely lost, as we, and most other parents, are. All I can say is, "Kid these days!"

1:51 AM  

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