The 'Tiger Mom's' Daughter Got Into Harvard—Maybe She's Right!

Wed, April 6, 2011 5:59pm EDT by 1 Comment

‘Tiger Mom’s’ cub was just accepted to Harvard—did Amy Chua’s parenting tactics help her daughter, Sophia succeed?

The Tiger Mom‘s parenting tactics have paid off—her daughter has just been accepted into Harvard College! Amy Chua, the controversial Yale professor and author of The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom and the essay, Why Chinese Mothers are Superior, advocates a traditional “Chinese style” upbringing: No sleepovers, no instruments except the violin and piano, no grades less than an ‘A.’ And now her daughter, Sophia Chua-Rubenfeld, a piano prodigy, has been accepted to the most competitive school in the country. Well, it looks like she’s doing something right! 

Sophia says of her mother, “Having you as a mother was no tea party. There were some play dates I wish I’d gone to and some piano camps I wish I’d skipped. But now that I’m 18 and about to leave the tiger den, I’m glad you and Daddy raised me the way you did.”

Harvard is boasting its most selective class in history, releasing a statement saying, “Harvard College today offered admission to a record low 6.2 percent of the applicants to the class of 2015. This group of accepted students was selected from an application pool of nearly 35,000 students—more than applied in any other year.”

Some are calling this news “vindication” for the Tiger Mom. Is it?