“Tiger Mother” makes good case for going to b-school

Posted on January 20, 2011

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Photo courtesy Erin Patrice O'Brien, Wall Street Journal

Everyone’s read the Amy Chua article about why Chinese mothers are superior to “Western” ones. If you haven’t, you have probably been living under a rock. (Or maybe you’ve actually been doing work at school.)

Commentary about the Tiger Mother/Yale professor has been flying ’round the Internet like spit from my macroeconomics professor’s mouth. But David Brooks of the New York Times wrote the most interesting (and perhaps most visible) response yet, lauding the merits of working in groups, and how much harder it is to teach your kid cooperation than musical scales.

Practicing a piece of music for four hours requires focused attention, but it is nowhere near as cognitively demanding as a sleepover with 14-year-old girls. Managing status rivalries, negotiating group dynamics, understanding social norms, navigating the distinction between self and group — these and other social tests impose cognitive demands that blow away any intense tutoring session or a class at Yale.

And as we know, groupwork is the cornerstone of business school.

MBAsocial interprets this as a ringing endorsement for our education. One point, us.