Arthur Jumbles: Silly middle class parents, if they want to help their children get a job they should just buy the company or, at the very least, get one of their Skull and Bones fellows to eliminate the other applicants.
Moderator: We weren't going to greenlight this, but submitter's goddamn parents called 16 times in the last two hours and wouldn't leave us alone about it. We really just wanted them out of our hair.
RogermcAllen: In Small Town, Arkansas $52,000 would probably put you around upper middle class. In New York City $52,000 is practically lower class.
firefly212: TaterTot_HotDish: As a former university advisor, I can say that the students and parents depicted in this article are outliers... however, I did often have students (not just freshmen, either) bring their parents to their advising sessions. It was awkward. The parent would ask a question and I would try to address the answer to the student. Unfortunately since the modern university is now concerned more with customer service rather than education, I didn't feel that I could explicitly tell the parents to buzz off.My parents never would have DREAMED of calling my university (unless I was dying or something) and I'm technically on the older side of the Millennial generation. Things changed dramatically with students just 5-10 years younger than me.When teaching economics, I had a student actually bring her mom in to argue a grade. Mind you, the grade was on a multiple choice test, with objectively correct answers... and she wasn't on the bubble of a grade higher... and she had attended fewer than 20% of the classes to that point in the semester... and she didn't attend any of the pre-test reviews that I held... and she didn't write to me and ask to go over it at some other time if my review sessions were not workable within her schedule.After I explained, calmly, that if she really wanted to get a higher grade, I'd offer some extra credit that she could do to push the test score one grade higher (nothing big, just 10 pages about Keynes v. Adam Smith)... the mom yelled at me and said that I was wasting her time "with all this bullshiat work," and lectured me about how she "is paying for this degree and she damn well is going to get it." I held firm with just the EC offer, she went to my department head... the daughter transferred to another section (different professor), and still failed.As for me... I live in the mountains now... fark teaching, fark testing, fark parents, fark stress, fark everything that isn't peaceful and 10k feet up.
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