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Do Some Cultures Have More Ambition?

February 8, 2014 by Tunya

A new book just out analyzes America and how culture plays a role in academic and economic success.  I have just ordered it so will provide my comments later. has a good number of Reader Reviews to help us sort out the issues.

The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America 2014 Amy Chua, Jed Rubenfeld 

 The three traits are — superiority complex, insecurity, iself discipline.  Our Globe&Mail newspaper and online story drew 100 comments below is mine:

Saw The Reviews — Ordered The Book

It was a review by Robert Morris of Dallas Texas that sent a jolt through me. This is the pivotal author’s quote:

“The real promise of a Triple Package America is the promise of a day when there are no longer any successful groups in the United States — only successful individuals."

This conclusion shocks me because I have been closely monitoring the US project called Common Core Standards — a federal program that induces states to homogenize school curricula to common standards. I do not see any resulting “successful individuals” emerging from this program — just groupthink collectivist masses. 

I would have thought these authors would have valued diversity.  That independence and resistance to the “dumbing-down” general direction of schooling would be applauded. 

There’s probably a lot we can learn from these aspirational groups about resisting the push and pull of a state apparatus that aims for homogeneity — and need I say, a compliant citizenry !   

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