David Brooks is right, kids will need to figure out how to work together and collaborate in the workplace. In this OpEd he addresses the “Tiger Mother” parenting approach of Amy Chua. Future workers will also be challenged in collaborating in a flatter world with team members distributed across time zones. Brooks asks,
Where do they learn how to manage people? Where do they learn to construct and manipulate metaphors? Where do they learn to perceive details of a scene the way a hunter reads a landscape? Where do they learn how to detect their own shortcomings? Where do they learn how to put themselves in others’ minds and anticipate others’ reactions?
I agree that kids should be pushed to excel but they also need to develop those emotional intelligence skills.