Saturday, January 22, 2011

Uber-mom and Tiger-mom

Here is David Brooks writing about cognition in the New Yorker. Here he is podcasting on same topic at a recent Aspen Institute appearance.

As usual, Brooks delivers with a sense of humor. In this case, it's about an uber-mom set on getting her kids into Harvard but clueless about the emotional intelligence the kids will need to succeed. Just when we have learned how to game college admissions, we are also learning that getting in and out of an elite school by itself is not enough.

The teachers that each of us remember most fondly and that have left a lasting impression are the ones with whom we had formed an emotional connection. There are all sorts of emotional connections, but whatever they are, they are a necessary condition for lasting impacts.

Does Tiger Mom know anything about this?