Most teachers would love for parents to be more involved with their children’s education. Or at least to pay more attention. But, is there such as thing as too much attention?
For some parents, it seems, there is.
They are needy, overanxious and sometimes plain pesky — and schools at every level are trying to find ways to deal with them.
No, not students. Parents — specifically parents of today’s “millennial generation” who, many educators are discovering, can’t let their kids go.
They text message their children in middle school, use the cellphone like an umbilical cord to Harvard Yard and have no compunction about marching into kindergarten class and screaming at a teacher about a grade.
I can understand parents being anxious about sending their kids off to kindergarten (although no so much the whole screaming about grades stuff).
But there’s a big potential for psychological studies of the kids described in this story, especially those whose parents follow them off to college. The child of this woman for example.
“There are a lot of things I can’t control,” said one Bethesda mother who asked not to be identified because, she said, her daughter would be mortified. “Terrorists, the environment. But I can control how my daughter spends her day.”
Why is all this happening now? Who knows? But I love this explanation.
“It was just about 20 years ago that we started seeing those yellow ‘Baby on Board’ signs in cars, which arguably had little to do with safety and a lot to do with publicly announcing one’s new status as a parent,” said Donald Pollock, chairman of the Department of Anthropology at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
“I imagine that parents who displayed those ‘Baby on Board’ signs are the ones who are now intruding themselves into the college experience of those poor babies 18 years later,” he said.