After the inception of industrial revolution, the ways in which we used to live our lives have changed a lot. The current society has gradually evolved into a competition oriented capitalist model where each and every individual is competing with his fellow beings in order to live a successful life, where the general concept of successful life is flawed itself.
The study of education has evolved into the so called successful system based on objective evaluation of student’s performance (Fries). However, the fact being neglected is that every human being is special with different capabilities. Children are suffering the most because of this competition oriented culture as the world, especially the parents, want their kids to be successful, and the criteria for being successful is too narrow or common for all.
Thus media, which acts as an eye of the society, has come up and portrayed this issue to create awareness about the children being suffered and the talents being wasted. In the last decade, Asian filmmakers have produced numerous works on the same topic. Another work which is the center of much attention is the book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, written on same topic by Amy Chua, a famous professor at Yale Law School who has written widely acclaimed books on free-market democracy and global insecurity.
According to her book, Amy Chua treated her children in the same way as most Chinese, Singaporean and other Asian communities treat. They want their children to excel in specific domains, for example, acquiring only A-grades in each subject or mastering piano at a very young age. Throughout the book, Chua has described the harsh ‘Chinese’ method of parenting that she inherited from her culture. Her children were subjected to very strict rules which include: no sleepovers, no hanging-out, no grade other than an A in academics and mother imposed choice of extracurricular activities (Kolbert).
The instruments to be played by two daughters are chosen by Chua, piano for the older girl while violin for the younger one, and makes them practice it four to five hours a day (Kolbert). These methods of parenting are just like dictatorships in which the parents impose their will on their children (Gray).
The so called successful stringent Chinese parenting model worked on her elder daughter but backfired in the case of her younger daughter, who wanted to live her life not according to her mom and to explore horizons that were different from what her mom’s culture permitted. But the good point is that Chua finally realized that she was wrong, and the good point is that she has now emphasized to bolster our children to find their true potential (Gray, Freedom to Learn)
The renowned Asian movies that highlighted the same issue are I Not Stupid & Taare Zameen Par. I Not Stupid is a painful tale of three young boys and their excruciating quest for achieving good grades in the so called elite educational system of Singapore. The movie shows the socially real misery and of all EM3 classified students through the character of these EM3 labeled boys.