Second, even under Chua's overly narrow conception of what counts as an appropriate activity, some teamwork is still possible. I would be surprised if neither of her daughters ever performed in an instrumental ensemble, for example. In my own case, because I am terrible at all manner of athletic activities, I wound up being captain of my high school's quiz bowl team. We were largely seen as being less public-spirited and well-rounded than the athletes, much to our frustration. But we did think strategically about division of labor and other teamworkish type things. My husband says much the same thing about debate at his high school, which was
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