Helicopter parenting is a phenomenon that has been with us since the 1990s or so.  We are now seeing it come to full fruition in higher education (arguably less so in this area of the country, although its effects can still be observed daily among our students), with children who never been allowed to deal with frustration or failure, and have had everything fixed by their parents.  In the attached article, a dean explains to parents what they need to do to make sure their children are “college ready”.  However, it seems to be falling more and more on the counseling centers, student affairs staff, and yes, even faculty, to deal with some students’ inability to manage failures, and other emotional setbacks without help.  What do you think is the university’s role in transitioning the helicopter-parented into the “real world” of academia?



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