This is called the Kyoiku mama syndrome–the mother invested in her children’s progress. In contrast to Western theories of achievement, which. For Malena and her Unique Words Mama – A Japanese word for a mother who pushes her children into academic Malena’s. From Kyôiku Mama to Monster Parent: Changing Images of Japanese Mothers and their Involvement in Children’s Schooling.
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The diametric opposite of the Open-Minded Parent is the Education Mama, a mother and it’s usually, but not always a mother who is obsessed with her children’s education and pushes them to succeed academically, no matter the cost.
She will shell out thousands of dollars to send her kids to private school or move to another town with good schools, and her kids will be forced to surrender their social lives in the pursuit of good grades Cram School may be involved.
And God help her kids if any of them gets anything less than an A. If her kids still have some free time after studying enough to get kyoiki grades, kykiku she will also force them to master a musical instrument almost always the violinand then keep tacking on more extracurricular activities until there is maama free time left.
Of course, this is all to make her kids seem more impressive to the Dean of Admissions at whatever Ivy League university she has picked out for them.
While it is a problem in many countries around the world, this trope is especially pervasive in East Asian families, due to the existence of the Imperial examinationa standardized test you could take in China that was absolutely necessary for a position as an Obstructive Bureaucratone of the cushiest and most well-paying jobs then available. The topic of the test was the writings of and about the great philosopher Confuciusmeaning that anyone who could read had a shot at a government job.
Many of the other nations in China’s cultural shadow adopted this system, giving rise to the stereotype that all Asian parents are like this. Such parents have been given the name “Tiger Moms” Traditional: The term “Tiger Mom” was coined by Yale law professor Amy Chua in her book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother and despite it only be used by Chinese people at first it has spread widely throughout the Anglosphere and used by many non-Chinese women to describe themselves, being the most common term to describe academically driven mothers in Australia.
However, this parental figure is universally reviled by the current generation, leading to this becoming a Discredited Trope. Variants include Stage Momthe performing-arts-focused sister of this trope, and Jock Dad, Nerd Sonits sports-oriented brother.
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If it goes pear-shaped, it can lead to a You Are Grounded moment, or worse still, teen angst or teen rebellion. In the worst cases, particularly in East Asia, the end result is attempted suicideThe Runawaythe Hikikomorior even snapping out and committing violence against the parents. Not to be confused with Cooking Mama. You need to login to do this.
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Today is the first day of school. You will do well. This Tim Hortons commercial has a Chinese son and father at the grandson’s hockey game. In the flashback, the father often berated his son for playing hockey when he should be studying.
It was revealed that the father would secretly watch all his son’s hockey games And now, he proudly watched as his grandson played.
One of Yuko Saitou’s Sega SG commercials plays this trope for laughs with her mother played by Yuko herself asking why she’s playing all of those games when she should be studying. Each time it arrives at the child’s door, his or her parent would take him or her inside, shutting it out so he or she can concentrate on practicing the piano, doing homework, and studying.
The ball forlornly rolls throughout the city, being neglected due to parents restricting their children from playing with it because doing so interferes with their highly-expected educational pursuits.
When it rests on the field, one boy tries to pick it up, but his mother led him away to attend a class. Fortunately, the PSA ends on a happy note, with the children eagerly playing with it after being neglected and abused for a while.
Yamada in My Neighbors the Yamadas is a classic example. Chi-Chi in Dragon Ball Z acts like this towards her eldest son, Gohan, wanting him to be a scholar and avoid the violent lifestyle of his father. In the end, Gohan becomes a scholar though he still enjoys martial artsand while she does train Goten in martial arts, one can tell she’s far less pushy.
However, Gohan himself repeatedly states that he likes being a scholar. A-are you trying to tell me that Gohan’s studies are more important than saving the Earth? There is nothing more important than Gohan’s studies right now! If Gohan takes three years off, he’ll fall behind!!! The reluctant superheroine Arrowette had this problem with her mother, who was once the original Arrowette. Though played oddly in that her education is primarily focused on being a Superhero.
Laurie realizes at one point, mma vigilantism has been outlawed and her “job” as Doctor Manhattan’s unofficial handler is gone, she literally has no prospects kgoiku real career options because that’s all she ever learned.
Parodied in The Shadow Heroin which Hank Chu’s mother is obsessed with turning him into a superhero. Jack Drake manages to combine this with being a mostly absentee parent by using his son’s “poor” grades as a reason to force him to kyioku schools.
For the record Tim was implied to be a straight A student though he needed extra credit to get there in his Literature class. In Peanutsa storyline has Marcie explaining to Charlie Brown that maja parents are like this and put a lot of pressure on her to bring home good grades. Chairman Tsukino does this from mamq distance in A Brief History of Historiesenrolling his daughter in an expensive private school and hiring various tutors, switching them around if Usagi isn’t showing enough improvement.
This only adds to Usagi’s Guilt Complexas she hates seeing others punished for her failures. Brian’s parents may be the nastiest, most cynical example of this trope on celluloid. Emotionally, they treat the poor kid like garbage, apparently don’t care about his suicidal tendenciesand it is strongly implied they are living vicariously through his academic achievements.
Even worse, Brian has a younger sister, whom they raise in a similar way. Get in there and use the time to your advantage. Mom we’re not supposed to study we just mamaa to myoiku there and do nothing. In A Brother’s Pricethe protagonist, Jerin, had an Education Grandpa who insisted that all the kids learn how to read and write, including the boys.
They even had a teacher come to the farm and give private lessons for the boys. One of the Men men from the title, Billy, had an Education Papa who drove his promising student son to mental handicapping and physical frailty. He then dropped him off at boarding school in shame.
What does “Kyoiku Mama” mean? – Wordling for Kids | Mocomi
Little House on the Prairie: Ma Ingalls, who was a teacher as a young woman and hoped to have one of her daughters follow in her footsteps. Her main reason for wanting her husband to choose a place to settle down, already, was so her four daughters could get a stable education. Also, the rest of the family and she are determined to do whatever it takes to send Mary to the college for the blind in Iowa.
This benefits Mary in more ways than the academic: When Mary returns from her first year, Laura notes that she moves around the house quite easily instead of staying put in her rocking chair, and unlocked and opened her travelling trunk quite as though she saw it.
Widow Kang from The Years of Rice and Salt mercilessly drills her youngest son in the Confucian classics, in order to make a proper scholar out of him. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn: Katie Nolan is told by her immigrant mother that education is the key to rising in America, and to that end, she should make her kids stay in school longer than she did and read them a page a day from the Bible and the collected works of Shakespeare.
How well this is or isn’t working is a constant source of worry for her. She is pretty easy on her son Neeley, who graduates primary school with B’s and C’s on his report card, than most parents of this type would be. DV-9, in Galaxy of Fearhas elements of this. Since he’s a very advanced droid he feels like this is a waste of his talents, but still is determined that the Arrandas be as educated as he can get them and is exasperated and annoyed by their lack of motivation.
As this will be the last assignment you will receive from me, I have seen fit to give this rambling and uneven collection of information a passing grade — however, you may find your uncle is not as forgiving as I am. When Western parents think they’re being strict, they usually don’t come close to being Chinese mothers. For example, my Western friends who consider themselves strict make their children practice their instruments thirty minutes every day.
An hour at most. For a Chinese mother, the first hour is the easy part. It’s hours two and three that get tough.
Education Mama – TV Tropes
She considers anything less than being the top ranked student as a failure, severely lyoiku Soo-Ah for not getting a perfect score on an exam, forbids her from closely associating with the Real King dance club members or anyone else, really and makes her focus exclusively on her studies, and pushes Soo-Ah to follow her own carefully laid out kyoiiu map to get into an Ivy League college.
With all this pressure, it is hardly mams that Soo-Ah is such a messed up girl who spends most of the series undergoing increasingly rapid Sanity Slippage. Eloise Hawking combines this pressure on education with neglect and emotional abuse.
Of course, if you knew your son was going to travel back in time and end up being shot dead by your younger self, you probably wouldn’t want to get too attached to him either. In “Knuckle Up”, the victim’s father sends his son into a private prep mqma and obsesses over his grades. It didn’t end well after kyoi,u son lashed out on him and left, marking this occasion as the last time he saw his son alive. When a teenage girl is murdered, investigation reveals that her father was a particularly brutal example of this trope.
She and her sister were forced to kneel on grains of rice on the basement floor while their father drilled them on different topics. It turns out that a schoolmate from her incredibly prestigious school who had been up for over a week via drugs studying for exams snapped and killed her out of jealousy.
So basically there was an entire school full of kids with parents like this. When her son’s Asian-American classmate looked like he was going to beat him for koyiku prestigious scholarship, she murdered him.
Robbie, the title character from the episode “Bright Boy”, had an extreme version. Robbie did have an above-average intelligence and could likely have done very well on a standard academic track, but his father was convinced he was a child genius and pushed him well beyond his capabilities.
Goren’s investigation eventually reveals that Robbie’s father repeatedly cheated on behalf of his son and yet, despite this fact, he somehow kyoiju to believe that Robbie’s genius was real. kyyoiku
Glee combines this trope with “Billy Elliot” Plot. Mike Chang’s father flips out over an A-minusor, as the episode calls it, “an Asian F” and thinks Mike’s involvement in sports and the Glee Club is distracting him from his studies. Meanwhile, his mother is the understanding one and supports his dreams of becoming a dancer. This is because her parents played this trope straight and crushed her own dreams, and she doesn’t want to repeat that experience with her own son. Ma Colton when it comes kyouku the education of her youngest son Billy.
She seems to have given up on the older two. Her worst fear is her doctor father’s disappointment in her grades, despite the fact when we meet Rita she’s already a doctor. Fresh Off the Boat: If her son is getting straight As, it can only mean one thing to Jessica Huang: