Thursday, January 20, 2011

American Idol 2011 -- new season starts

Just a heads up that the new season of American Idol started up last night. It was a nice kickoff to the new season. The judges fit together well.

Although ratings were down a bit, Jennifer Lopez was a cute fit with Steven Tyler and "dawg" Randy Jackson. New judges, new season -- and a new American Idol. It should be fun...

Monday, January 10, 2011

WSJ article on Amy Chua's controversial parenting ideas

This article on parenting, called, "Why Chinese Mothers are Superior" has generated a lot of buzz because everyone wants what's best for their children.  We feel that the author, Amy Chua, is trying to sell books -- and is thus being very extreme and controversial -- but because it is generating so much interest, here are some excerpts:

Can a regimen of no playdates, no TV, no computer games and hours of music practice create happy kids?  And what happens when they fight back? 
A lot of people wonder how Chinese parents raise such stereotypically successful kids. They wonder what these parents do to produce so many math whizzes and music prodigies, what it's like inside the family, and whether they could do it too.