I put the "argh" in argyle
That is being involved.
The article states,
"Data from 24 colleges and universities gathered for the National Survey of Student Engagement show that students whose parents were very often in contact with them and frequently intervened on their behalf 'reported higher levels of engagement and more frequent use of deep learning activities.' "
The problem with these "helicopter" or "hoover" parents, and what irkes the shit out of me are the parents who think they are doing those things--stimulating their little college bound larvae--only when in reality these parents are only enablers. In my experience working reference--COLLEGE REFERENCE--I have actually had parents come in looking for articles and books for their kids--not picking up said documents, actually searching and spending hours in the library DOING THE RESEARCH. How do I know this?-you ask-the parents admit it when you ask them if they are familiar with searching on the school's databases, etc.
And some of them even give excuses why. Is it because little Johnny is in chemo, watching his IV drip and can't phsyically get out of bed? No, it's because, "my daughters' so busy right now." Geez...what does that feel like?!?!
I am with Robyn J. Rickenbach, a Fairfax County parent with a freshman son at Virginia Tech, who the article quoted as saying, she was "'just dumbfounded' by the findings of the NSSE (pronounced 'Nessie'). 'If you are a helicopter parent when your kids are in college," she said, "are you going to continue to be a helicopter parent when your kids get out of college? When they get married?'"
Argh! I just needed to vent on that.
On a happy note, some cool articles about libraries:
Katherine Hepburn's goodies
New York Library Lions
So much for the Patriot Act
China's Preservation of History