An eagle-eyed Ivey Files reader just sent me the following:
Hope all is well! I ran across this [USA Today] article on helicopter parents and thought it was right up your alley. In case you didn't see it, here is the link.
It amused/disturbed me to discover that there is a national advocacy/interest group for parents of college students. Is that really necessary?!
There's lots of good stuff packed into that article, not least the following about a study conducted by UCLA about the role of parents on campus:
[R]esearchers found significant differences among students of different racial backgrounds. More than 43% of Latinos, for example, said their parents were involved too little in choosing college courses, compared with 37% of Asian students, 33% of black students, 29% of American Indian students and 19% of white students.
I've written elsewhere about how employers who complain about coddled college students and their intrusive helicopter parents need to cast their net more widely. I've been especially impressed by the self-sufficiency of people coming back to school from the military, as well as the children of immigrants, and children who have been working in a family business since they could walk. Those are just some examples. Their resumes might look a bit more unusual, but I don't think it's asking too much of employers to look a little harder. There are plenty of great "kids" out there whose parents haven't been hovering all the time.
Which reminds me... I've been meaning to share this article in the Washington Post by a Georgetown college student who recently returned from a tour of duty in Iraq. Fascinating, and humbling.