parental idiots of the week
Some time back, I sounded off with a rant about the parents of an Arizona high school student who threatened to sue if the teacher gave the student the failing grade she deserved. Unfortunately, the idea of intervening with teachers on behalf of their kids seems to have caught on with parents, even those of college students. Parents are often upset that school privacy rules sometimes prohibit professors from discussing grades even with parents who pay the tuition.
Academics have several theories on what's caused the spike in complaints.
[Professor Gary] Stokley calls it the logical progression for parents accustomed to directing their children's lives. Parents' attitude is "I've been involved with my kid in high school and I want to be involved with my kid in college," Stokley said.
Faculty members also say moms and dads sometimes pressure officials to register students in mandatory courses that are filled to capacity and question the intent of classroom assignments.
One positive note:
Stokley noted that privacy codes do not prevent professors from outlining what led to a sub-par grade. Parents tend to back down once they hear of laggard attendance and low test scores, he said.
I would hope so!