Let’s Drop ‘Helicopter Parents’—From Our Vocabulary


Thu, Feb 21, 2013 - 11:34am -- (View the original Chronicle article.)


A quick search for the phrase on The Chronicle’s Web site uncovered a blog entry on “Engaging Parents to Achieve Greater Enrollment-Management Success” and another bemoaning this phenomenon: “Facebook Spawns an Army of ‘Helicopter Parents.’” It appears that we academics want it both ways. First we ask parents to help get their children to our institutions. And then we ask those parents to stay away.

Marc Cutright, an associate professor of higher education at the University of North Texas, is quoted.

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