NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Last week, the Wall Street Journal published an insightful article called, " Why Chinese Mothers are Superior." It describes why Asian American students so consistently outperform their peers.

Author Amy Chua, a Yale professor and first generation Chinese American provides an honest description of Asian American parenting methods to explain the achievement gap. The article received more than 4,000 comments of which I read 20%. The majority of respondents with Asian surnames agreed with the description, but few accepted the premise that the model creates successful adults. What is a successful adult? In business, success is almost always defined by leadership excellence.

Ms. Chua views herself as a typical Asian American parent. Her two daughters live a highly regimented life where they practice violin or piano for two to three hours a day and then drill for school tests through the night. She states that, "Chinese parents believe that they know what is best for their children and therefore override all of their children's own desires and preferences." No playdates, sleepovers, boyfriends/girlfriends, sports teams or theater. The mission is very clear - earn an A in every subject "except gym and drama." She wrote that "...children on their own never want to work, which is why it is crucial to force them."

Does it work? Absolutely. The model delivers precisely what it is designed to deliver - academic success. Asians make up 42% of UCLA students despite making up only 12.7% of the California population. And it would be worse if not for university limits of Asian applicants. But what about success outside of academics? How many Asian American are there in professional sports. And how many Asian Americans do you know in U.S. rock bands? Some argue that such methods do not produce "well-rounded" adults? But, does being well-rounded matter? It might.

The highest concentration of Asians and Asian Americans is in the Silicon Valley. A 2009 article in the San Jose Mercury News noted that 23% of Silicon Valley engineers are Asian. However, only 4% are in the Silicon Valley 100 -- "the 100 people who did the coolest things in Silicon Valley in 2010." This is a surrogate measure for creative achievement. The 4% does not include Indian cultures as Indian parenting methods are different from those advocated by Ms. Chua.

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