Couple of days ago, I was so excited when my hard backed copy arrived in the post personally from Maya Thiagarajan - the author of BEYOND THE TIGER MOM: East-West Parenting for the Global Age. I'd been waiting to get my eyes on it since Kelsey asked if I was interested in reviewing it. I love reading and I love parenting reads, so I had high expectations. To be honest! I wasn't disappointed!
The best book I've read in years! When was the last time you read a book about education and parenting that really had you thinking and making changes to the way you do things in your home? BEYOND THE TIGER MOM: East-West Parenting for the Global Age has had this affect on me! Now that I've read BEYOND THE TIGER MOM: East-West Parenting for the Global Age and had a little while to let the information sit in my mind, I want to read it again.
There's so much information I'm certain I'll get a deeper understanding and more to think about with a second reading. And this time, I'm going to underline key phrases and take more notes. This is one of the book that I'll be keeping and referring to as my son grow.
Author Background - Maya Thiagarajan
A global citizen, Maya Thiagarajan has lived and worked in India, Singapore and the US. She earned a BA in Engligh from Middlebury College and a Masters in Education Policy from Harvard University.
Maya began her teaching career with Teach for America, where she taught at a public school in Baltimore City for two years. She went on to teach high school English at some of America's most prestigious independent schools. After a decade of teaching in the US, Maya moved to Singapore and began teaching at The United World College of South East Asia (UWC).
Struck by the different approaches to education and parenting that she encountered in Singapore, Maya began to interview Chinese and Indian parents living in Singapore. Using her own experiences as well as the stories of parents whom she interviewed, Maya wrote a book titled BEYOND THE TIGER MOM: East-West Parenting for the Global Age.
In addition to teaching and writing, Maya also conducts workshops for parents and teachers on a range of education related topics.
About The Book
Basically BEYOND THE TIGER MOM: East-West Parenting for the Global Age explores how to blend the best of Western and Asian approaches to parenting and education. In BEYOND THE TIGER MOM: East-West Parenting for the Global Age Maya Thiagarajan examines the stereotypes and goes beneath the surface to explore what really happens in Asian households. How do Asian parents think about childhood? family? and education? - and what can Western parents learn from them?
How do Asian parents prime their children for success from a young age? How do Asian parents create Math-rich environments at home and help their children excel in Mathematics? How do Asian parents respond to their children's failures? What are some of the key difference between Asian and American parenting methods, and how can parents on either end of the globe learn from each other?
Example of Chapters include:
PART 1 - ACADEMICS
CHAPTER 1: Why Are All The Asian Kids On The Math Team?
CHAPTER 2: Raising Readers: Is West Really Best?
CHAPTER 3: Memorization, Practice, Exams and Other Things That Asians Love
PART 2 - ACHIEVING BALANCE
CHAPTER 4: Where Are All The Children?
CHAPTER 5: Raising Resilient Children: How Do We Deal With Failure?
PART 3 - MYTH, MEDIA AND METAHPHOR
CHAPTER 6: Myth And Media: The Stories We Tell and The Scripts They Give Us
CHAPTER 7: Twenty - First - Century Challenges for East and West: The Metaphors We Make, The Technology We Use, and The Purpose of Education
Each chapter ends with a "How To" section with specific tips for parents to aid their child's educational development both inside and outside the classroom. BEYOND THE TIGER MOM: East-West Parenting for the Global Age offers accessible and practical advice. Maya explores topics such as how to help children to extend their attention spans, find the ideal balance between work and play, view failur as learning experience establish tech-healthy habits and prime children for success early on.
With Maya knowledge and experience of what works and what doesn't work best for children's education, she has written this extensive, easy-to-read guide. Perhaps, while waiting for the child's tuition class to end, mommies or daddies could read this book. You'll chuckle over parental excesses, probably identify with most of them, devour the parenting and teaching tips at the end of each chapter, find community with parents featured, and come away reassured that your style of east-west parenting - whether you're a Tiger parent or not - is the right way to raise your little Asian Tiger.
Fernando M. Reimers,Ford Foundation Professor of Practice in International Education, Harvard UniversityBeyond the Tiger Mom is a brilliant book. Hard-hitting and brutally honest but also balanced, insightful, and funny. It avoids clichés and draws on years of research and personal multicultural teaching experience. It's also wonderfully practical, offering specific tips for how to combine the best of East and West."
Amy Chua,Yale Law Professor and author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother."Maya Thiagarajan brings a unique East-and-West perspective, and a refreshing balanced discussion, to hot-button issues in child rearing. Her interviews and ethnographic analyses deliver a wealth of insights into Asian vs. Western parenting decisions on topics ranging from math drills to self-esteem."
“This thoroughly interesting book rests on the premise that Western and Eastern educational and parenting philosophies have vastly different strengths and weaknesses; therefore, parents on either side of the world can learn from each other… Beyond the Tiger Mom is an honest, thought-provoking read!” - Holistic Parenting Magazine"Maya Thiagarajan brings a unique East-and-West perspective, and a refreshing balanced discussion, to hot-button issues in child rearing. Her interviews and ethnographic analyses deliver a wealth of insights into Asian vs. Western parenting decisions on topics ranging from math drills to self-esteem." - Katharine Beals, Author of Raising a Left Brained Child in a Right Brained World
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