Amy Chua’s book about high investment parenting is a topic that I have been writing about for ten years. I have had a good amount of readers in those years, and at least a few people who became more high investment parents as a result of reading me or talking with me.
What made Amy Chua’s rigorous child raising regime possible? The fact that she was a stay at home mom during the early years, or if she wasn’t a stay at home mom, she had short work hours. One thing my wife points out is that she could have done that had she been a stay at home mom.
The problem is, women are a naturally better “fit” for corporate office type jobs, which are the high paying ones. This has destroyed the natural order of the family.
Middle Americans have adopted the belief that raising children is boring. High investment parenting is certainly not boring, because many of the activities the kids do, you do as well. The Suzuki method requires the parent to learn the violin along with the kid. In many cases, the parent became a professional violin player as a result. Martial arts classes? In many cases I have seen the kids take their class while the parents wait, and then the kids have to wait while the parents take a class. And who is going to teach your kid math and science and classical literature and history but you?
You can find SWPL high investment “Amy Chua” type parents around any metro area. They know exactly what they are doing. They are usually Europeans or Asians or Jews. Americans SWPL high investment parents still think it’s child abuse to push their child. The mother doesn’t work, or she has some hobby job. There was some so-called “reality show” depicting high investment parents in San Francisco, and they made the father come off as abusive. But his child was very good at piano IIRC and very well educated.
As for me I am about 25% as harsh as Amy Chua. I am more efficient and Western, I think. For example, 1/2 hour of math a day at 13 years old is enough to fly through high school math. You do one problem a day, and it’s the daily practice, something that is like brushing your teeth, that accumulates into very precocious math skills.
Also, I think the Asian way makes the kid hate studies. I know a Chinese surgeon and symphony violinist and I remember when he was younger he seemed miserable from being pushed so hard all his life. He is happier now, but you could really see it on his face — he seemed very weary and kind of beaten down. He envied my light-heartedness.
The Western way cultivates a love of studies, and this becomes a source of self motivation. Ever meet a person who memorized several of the natural algorithms? I know someone who did that as a child, because he couldn’t afford a calculator. There’s definitely a “nerd impulse” that can be cultivated in many of us, where we want to do nothing else but learn every possible thing about, say, motors, or math, or physics, or music. When you study it because you love it, that’s when you get in the “inventor zone.” That’s where you find inspiration, and make a new discovery. But you have to have the raw learning to do it. Francis Bacon is the patron saint of Western learning. Here’s my favorite quote from him:
STUDIES serve for delight, for ornament, and for ability. Their chief use for delight, is in privateness and retiring; for ornament, is in discourse; and for ability, is in the judgment, and disposition of business. For expert men can execute, and perhaps judge of particulars, one by one; but the general counsels, and the plots and marshalling of affairs, come best, from those that are learned.
Middle America has been taken by storm by immigrant mindweapons once already — the Jewish immigration of the early 20th century. Now it’s the rest of the world of “cosmics” who are occupying the Mindweapon niche (science/engineering) of what’s left in the US, in order to weaken the scary White man. We have gone along with the distortion of our family and the deliberate dumbing down of our kids, with the exception of the Christian homeschoolers and some survivalist/pagan/WN homeschoolers. The homeschoolers are definitely the Mindweapons factories. There’s a Nation of Islam speech where the speaker calls White women “weapons factories, every nine months, more reinforcements come a’rollin’ off the line.”
It doesn’t need to be a showdown, or a civil war. We just need to produce more mindweapons than they can. We have the best genetic material to produce mindweapons, and we have it all in one place. When our mindweapons outnumber their mindweapons, we will start getting things going our way again. It’s that goshdarn simple.
Here are a couple of links to homeschooling sites that are on our side:
One interesting objection a friend raised to me is that if we raise elite children, they’ll go to the enemy side because they’ll want to make more money and live in a higher class.
Here’s my take. The elite White children might think they are “going to the enemy’s side,” but I think what is happening is they are infiltrating without realizing it. They will have a change of heart from within the Beast. They are infiltrators without even knowing it. The Beast is going to start eating its own. There’s another bank bailout coming:
But I think the best reason to become a mindweapon and raise children in this way is because you’ll have the best chance of survival when the current “mouse hits the lever to get the cheese” type economy fails. The most disturbing thing about our current life is how so few of us produce food, even among people with a lot of land. We grow millions acres of lawns and eat high fructose corn syrup and do jobs that are just manipulations of words and symbols. There is going to be a hellish transition out of this way of life.