Helicopters

Sanette Tanaka writes in today’s Wall Street Journal:

“At Augustana College, they call it “the short goodbye.”
“It’s when administrators at the small private college in Rock Island, Ill., give parents 15 minutes to say goodbye to their children. Then, students are told to report to the gym for freshman orientation, while parents are basically told to shove off.

 
“Colleges currently in the throes of freshman orientation are devoting large blocks of time persuading parents to stop hovering and let go. Sanette Tanaka on Lunch Break looks at how different schools are dealing with what one administrator calls “the most over-involved generation of all time.” Photo: AP.

“‘Parents go meet with advisers in small groups to compose themselves, and then they need to go home,'” says Evelyn Campbell, dean and vice president of student services at Augustana.
Faced with what a Syracuse University administrator calls “the most over-involved generation of all time,” colleges across the country are increasingly focusing on parents who are struggling with the transition from high school to college. Colleges are holding special orientation seminars for parents, appointing administrators to handle outreach with parents and providing emailed newsletters and specific parent portal websites, among other services.

“One of the toughest parts, administrators say, is educating parents how to stay involved without coming across as overbearing, or worse, a hovering ‘helicopter parent.'”

Goodness, gracious! Have parents really become this obsessive?

Wonder if any of these parents actually use helicopters?  Read on here.

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