Tiger Cub Strikes Back: Memoirs of an Ex-Child Prodigy About Legal Education and Parenting | Peter H. Huang

Peter H. Huang (University of Colorado Law School); Tiger Cub Strikes Back: Memoirs of an Ex-Child Prodigy About Legal Education and Parenting; In 1 British Journal of American Legal Studies 297 (2012); 2011-11-11; 51 pages; ssrn:1958366.

tl;dr → starts with a diversity theme, moves on to cultural misunderstandings of the immigrant experience and then it’s just straight out growing up and coming-of-age and launch into adult life.  Wholly within the isolated world of academics & educators.

Abstract

Available at SSRN

I am a Chinese American who at 14 enrolled at Princeton and at 17 began my applied mathematics Ph.D. at Harvard. I was a first-year law student at the University of Chicago before transferring to Stanford, preferring the latter’s pedagogical culture. This Article offers a complementary account to Amy Chua’s parenting memoir. The Article discusses how mainstream legal education and tiger parenting are similar and how they can be improved by fostering life-long learning about character strengths, emotions, and ethics.

From the paper

I am a Chinese American who at 14 enrolled at Princeton and at 17 began my applied mathematics Ph.D. at Harvard. I was a first-year law student at the University of Chicago before transferring to Stanford, preferring the latter’s pedagogical culture. This Article offers a complementary account to Amy Chua’s parenting memoir. The Article discusses how mainstream legal education and tiger parenting are similar and how they can be improved by fostering life-long learning about character strengths, emotions, and ethics. I also recount how a senior professor at the University of Pennsylvania law school claimed to have gamed the U.S. News & World Report law school rankings.

Responsive to

Amy Chua; Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother; Penguin Books; 2011; 258 pages; kindle: $10, paper, $0.01+SHT.

Mentions

  • Amy Chua
  • tiger mom
  • Madeline Levine
  • Martin Seligman
    • founded positive psychology
    • defined flourishing
      requires five items (PERMA)

      1. Positive Emotion
      2. Engagement
      3. Positive Relationships
      4. Meaning
      5. Accomplishment
  • Judgement & Decision-Making (JDM)
  • cognitive intelligence
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
  • Law School Admissions Test (LSAT)
  • Assertions (assumptions of the article, the thesis of the article)
    1. JDM is required for success.
    2. JDM is [the set of] skills of emotion, emotional intelligence.
    3. <quote>education concerning and life-long practice of cultivating one’s character strengths, ethics, and professionalism are crucial to achieving happiess and satisfaction in school, work, and life.</quote>
  • Multi-state Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE)
  • American Bar Association (ABA), Model Code of Judicial Conduct.
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM)
  • Cites Star Trek, page 22.
    • Star Trek; the original series, Season 1; 1966.
    • Star Trek: The Devil in the Dark; NBC; originally broadcast 1967-03-09.
  • lots of personal antecdotes

References

Selected.

  • Paper Tigers; Wesley Yang; In New York Magazine; 2011-05-08.
    Teaser: What happens to all the Asian-American overachievers when the test-taking ends?
  • Mark R. Lepper & David Greene, Undermining Children’s Intrinsic Interest with Extrinsic Reward: A Test of the “Overjustification” Hypothesis, 28 J. PERSONALITY & SOC. PSYCHOL. 129 (1973).
  • Mark R. Lepper, David Greene editors., THE HIDDEN COSTS OF REWARD: NEW PERSPECTIVES ON THE PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN MOTIVATION, 1978
  • Edward L. Deci, Richard M. Ryan, The “What” and “Why” of Goal Pursuits: Human Needs and the Self-Determination of Behavior, 11 PSYCHOL. INQUIRY 227 (2000)
  • Ben Dean, Learning about Learning; In Some Blog entitled AUTHENTIC HAPPINESS; circa 2004,
    tl;dr → defining love of learning, explaining its benefits, and how to develop and nourish it.
  •  Race to Nowhere, a movie

Via: backfill.

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