since the biography of Mao has a book caused so much controversy in the Chinese
community as Amy Chau’s book, The Battle
Hymn of the Tiger Mother. Stephen Smuin’s talk will focus on the main
points of Chau’s book and how they compare with the most recent educational
research and theories. Smuin’s 60-minute, multi-media presentation will
challenge one’s assumptions, as well as provide salient research about the
realities of educating children in today’s competitive environment. The myths and realities are surprising.
Stephen Smuin has 40 years experience as an
educator. As the former head of two recognized
middle schools, Nueva and Odyssey, Stephen has been a regular presenter at
major educational conferences. Stephen first
trip to China in 2001 opened his eyes and heart to the beauty and complexity of
the country. He has since return to
China 15 times working with students of all ages.