With the Wall Street Journal release of Amy Chua's controversial essay "Why Chinese Mothers are Superior," parents across the country have been defending their own parenting methods and definitions of adolescent success.
While the debate grows more and more polarizing, both sides seem to agree on one thing: a significant amount of the development and measurement of a child's success happens at school.
Think of it. Without the grades, competitions, and class ranks to measure by, where would Chua set the bar? And if students weren't dealing with the cafeteria scene, social statuses, and group projects, David Brook reminds us in his New York Times rebuttal, how would they develop the skills necessary to survive outside academia?
With such a significant amount of growth and development occurring at school, maybe the question shouldn't be whether or not Chinese mothers are superior, but rather what skills make up a superior education?
Here are a few skills up for debate.