Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Elitist educators want parents to surrender control of their collegiate offspring, and the New York Times is on their side

The New York Times recently advised parents of incoming college freshmen to drop their kids off, “back off,” “walk away,” and “move on” so that their “students can develop independence.”

In the article, parents who don’t hop in the car, return home and consider their parenting over are dismissed as “super-involved” or “over-involved” and are described as “Velcro parents,” “helicopter parents,” or “baby-on-board parents.”

Some colleges join in the derogatory attitude toward parents, going so far as to advise limiting phone calls and text messages. Some provide not-so-subtle indications that parents are not to “meddle.”

According to the New York Times, the University of Minnesota holds a separate reception for parents so that their sons and daughters can meet their roommates and negotiate dorm-room space without the parents around. Grinnell College has the new students sit on one side of the gymnasium and the parents on the other with all speakers talking to the student side— a symbolic way of putting parents in their place.

These attacks against parenting are an attempt to intimidate parents into surrendering their influence to that of supposedly “superior” intellectuals and professional “educators” who know what’s best for our children.

1 comment:

Coco Rico said...

Interesting points, Sir. I'm a college professor and I know about the condescension you're referring to. The New York Times feels an intuitive allegiance to elite academics. I'll try to keep my eye on your blog; I came across it surfing around google. Ciao from California. (LA County, that place that spends half a billion on illegals.)