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War of the Moms

This battle is waged in the absence of morality.

Feb 21, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 22 • By ABBY WISSE SCHACHTER
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According to recent research, how you behave as a parent does not guarantee a specific outcome. But Chua and Waldman might reject that notion, believing instead that their approaches will produce particular results. In Chua’s case, she’s probably correct, since dedication to a musical instrument like the piano or violin will more often than not result in proficiency. But leaving out greater moral life lessons might just result in a less soulful musician.

Abby Wisse Schachter is editor of the New York Post’s politics blog, Capitol Punishment.

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