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Extracurricular Education: From Tiger Parenting to the New Normal

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Seeking extra education for youth who are already excelling in school is often stereotyped as Tiger parenting practiced by over-zealous Asian immigrants. Yet, it has become more common for all kinds of parents in the United States. Its growth is part of the privatization of education away from the public school. What is motivating this pursuit of extra math, spelling and the like?

This study concentrates on Asian immigrants but also white Americans. It argues that families turn to extra education not only to make their children more academically prepared but also to be more moral, which they read as connected to education. With such motivations behind this pursuit, extracurricular education seems to be the new normal.

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To mark our centennial in the fall of 2024, the Maxwell School will hold special events and engagement opportunities to celebrate the many ways—across disciplines and borders—our community ever strives to, as the Oath says, “transmit this city not only not less, but greater, better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.”

Throughout the year leading up to the centennial, engagement opportunities will be held for our diverse, highly accomplished community that now boasts more than 38,500 alumni across the globe.