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Shocking? Definitely. Impossible? You tell us. Happy April Fool's Day 2012!

By Hank Pellissier

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False tiger

In a shocking exposé, Tiger Mother Amy Chua's daughters reveal that they grew up with negligible maternal influence due to their mother's addiction to World of Warcraft, a notoriously violent video game.

Her "Tiger Mom" persona is, they speculate, just a fantasy online role that she utilizes in her relationship with WoW's "Princess Theradras". Chua's daughters owe their success, they claim, to a trio of Dominican nannies who cajoled them toward excellence with abundant hugs and vats of mofongo relleno de pollo .

(April 1, 2012)

Hank Pellissier is a freelance writer whose fiction and essays have been been widely published and anthologized. A former columnist for Salon and SF Gate, he is a regular contributor to h+ Magazine.

Comments from GreatSchools.org readers

04/6/2012:
"Yeah right! "
04/3/2012:
"Thanks for the good April Fools laughs! Humor is such an important tool in parenting and there's so much irony inherent in tracking good parenting / good education ideals. It's heartening to be able to laugh with others on the adventure. "
04/3/2012:
"It's probably an April Fool's joke. "
04/2/2012:
"I wish this was true!!!!!!!!! "
04/2/2012:
"Very possible!! "
04/2/2012:
"Is this a April Fools joke :) "
04/2/2012:
"Hilarious! I particularly liked "False Tiger" with its reference to WoW addictions, ftw! We all need a good laugh! "
04/2/2012:
"Thanks for the great laugh on April Fool's Day! "
04/2/2012:
"Clearly a happy april fools to you too "
04/2/2012:
"If this is an April Fools joke, it's not funny. It looks geared toward ridiculing Hispanics and any parent who chooses to be affectionate toward their children. "
04/2/2012:
"It figures because it sound like a big lie. "
04/2/2012:
"I hope you realize that most of these are April's fools day pranks. "
04/2/2012:
"Has she recovered from this adiction? Have the relationships between Tiger Mom and her daughters ever improved? "
04/2/2012:
"Sold on Khan Academy. There are some navigational chinks, but program is a winner similar to Wamap. "
04/2/2012:
"Everybody is a comedian now. Hank you're a great writer, but I don't come to this site for humor. Go write for David Letterman or The Onion. greatschools please don't waste my time with this type of stuff. "
04/2/2012:
"As a school board member, There is NO doubt in my mind that 99.99% of school problems stem from the lack of parental concern and involvement (a situation I refer to as PPP or_iss poor parenting) "
04/2/2012:
"Ha! Ha! April fool! "
04/2/2012:
"This should work well when combined with Ebonics. (Oakland CA Unified School District) "
04/2/2012:
"A triumph for technology! When do we get to meet HAL 9000? "
04/2/2012:
"April Fools? "
04/2/2012:
"So, is this the first of April? I remember Dave Garroway telling viewers that the oranges that he put into a 'smell-a-vision' adapter could be smelled at home. First of April, 1953, or so. So set me straight, here: Real or A.F's Day? "
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