Someone on facebook linked to the following article:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/christine-grossloh/have-american-parents-got-it-all-backwards_b_3202328.html?utm_hp_ref=tw
It's an interesting article with alluring ideas.
However, I am, in general, not a fan of the "we must do like country X" idea that seems very popular in America. We are not country X and cultures are not made up of discrete units that can be pulled apart like Legos to get the pieces you want--to try and just get the "good" parts.
I think some of the problems in "American parenting," or at least its popular portrayal, are a result of previous attempts to change parenting based on "neat sounding ideas" from elsewhere.
Certainly we need to examine whether the outcomes of our parenting methods and ideas are actually what we expect and desire. And I don't disagree that many of the ideas currently in vogue in parenting in America are probably backwards or at least misguided. I think many parents (and teachers) would very much like to hear that doing "less" might produce "more." And I'm not of the opinion we can't learn from other cultures, but that learning must be put in the context of our own culture to achieve the greatest (or sometimes even non-negative) effect. I think we might even re-examine that bathwater we threw out in the 50s, 60s, and 70s to see if there might have been some baby in it--letting kids take risks isn't exactly new in this country.