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I can just see Lil' IS mommy doing exactely this...
Case in point: A parent last month asked a Western Washington instructor if her son could reschedule an exam because it conflicted with a planned family vacation, Sherwood said. The request was denied.
http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/story.hts/metropolitan/education/1695967

Profs say students' parents getting whinier
By STEVE GIEGERICH
Associated Press

Sociology professor Gary Stokley recalls when meeting the parents of his students at Louisiana Tech University was limited to a few handshakes at graduation.

Now, to the dismay of Stokley and other academics, angry parents are introducing themselves much sooner to professors and departments heads as they complain about their children's grades.

Faculty members also say moms and dads sometimes pressure officials to register students in mandatory courses that are filled to capacity and question the intent of classroom assignments.

"They don't realize that sometimes they just have to let little Johnny stumble and make his own mistakes and learn from them," said Teresa Sherwood, assistant chair of the mathematics department at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash.

"They just have a hard time letting go."

Case in point: A parent last month asked a Western Washington instructor if her son could reschedule an exam because it conflicted with a planned family vacation, Sherwood said. The request was denied.

Stokley wants parents to feel comfortable contacting him, but said he drew the line recently when a mother wanted to tape record a discussion about her son.

Former high school science teacher Luann Wright said she wouldn't think of complaining to officials at the University of California at San Diego about her son's grades.

But when his writing course placed what she believed was undue emphasis on racial issues, Wright created a Web site that invites parents and students to report instances of political bias in the classroom.

"I don't have a problem with controversial topics and I'm not coming at this from a religious or political viewpoint," she said. "I'm just saying if you're going to do this, do it from a balanced view."

The existence of the Web site, though, illustrates the expanding role of parents in higher education.

Five years ago, parents rarely contacted Stokley. Today, he said, he hears from an average of four or five parents every term.

Academics have several theories on what's caused the spike in complaints.

Stokley calls it the logical progression for parents accustomed to directing their children's lives. Parents' attitude is "I've been involved with my kid in high school and I want to be involved with my kid in college," Stokley said.

Susan Magun-Jackson, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Memphis, said that, from a clinical standpoint, the intervention is about control.

"If, for example, they are authoritarian parents, they rule the roost and they want things to be the way they want them to be," she said. "So they bypass their kids."

Ali Zohoori said there's a link to rising college costs -- especially at private schools like Bradley University, where he serves as chair of the communications department.

Parents that pay Bradley nearly $22,000 per year in tuition, room, board and other fees, feel increasingly "entitled to be involved in the academic affairs of their children," Zohoori said.

Wright agreed. "I think parents are spending $30,000 or $40,000 a year and wondering if they're getting their money's worth," she said.

What parents are not entitled to, they soon learn, is disclosure of a child's grade from a professor. Throughout higher education, privacy rules prohibit the faculty from discussing a specific grade with anyone but a student, even if that means withholding information from the people footing the bill.

"I basically tell them I am not at liberty to discuss it with them," Magun-Jackson said. "It makes them angry and they hang up on me. But there is not a whole lot else I can do about it."

Stokley noted that privacy codes do not prevent professors from outlining what led to a sub-par grade. Parents tend to back down once they hear of laggard attendance and low test scores, he said.

Before contacting a professor about a grade, Sherwood wishes parents would first consider the function of personal accountability in the college experience.

"I don't think they really stop to think that this is a part of the learning that (students) need to survive," Sherwood said. "It's not just what they learn in school, it's life issues. A lot of them just forget that."
 

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HoustonLex said:
I can just see Lil' IS mommy doing exactely this...
So because I didn't have a car and had to have my mother drive me to school you have to antagonize me with your stupid worthless shit? What happened before you had a car and had to be driven around by your parents? Wow...I bet all the cool older kids called you a mommas boy.

Your shit doesn't make sense. Now sit your scrawny ass the fuck down.
 

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Lets see....

did I ever get stuck when I drove to school. YES. Did I simply get someone to push me out....YES. Did I call Lexus to tow my precious car to the dealership to get snow tires installed. FUCK NO!

Or, even better, did I ever realize "Hey there is snow on the ground, maybe I should leave early to make sure I get to school in time"

I bet that never crossed your mind did it...
 

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sit your scrawny ass the f*ck down.
weren't you the one who said you were 140 lbs? :lol:
...s0y weren't YOU the one who weighed 140 lbs also? ..yeah that's what I though... Remember guy...i'm still growing...you're not.
 

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just in case lil' deletes his post...he claims to have had practice at 5:00pm and yet he posted on here at 6:18 pm...let's see, given the driving time home from school (say fifteen minutes) that means he would only have had at most, 1 hour of practice...either he plays for a sorry team that doesn't practice much or his idea of "varsity" practice is eating the mac and cheese his mommy made him...I smell bullshit
 

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ltunedgirl said:
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Hour long practice from 5-6 princess.
whew! don't over exert yourself buddy
We have a game tommorrow so our practice isn't our usual 2 hours...and tonight it was actually optional (I didn't even know until I got there :oops:).

...but whatever...I like doing something active everyday. Not to mention I beat my assitant coach 2 games to 0 (3 out of 2). :-?
 

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lil' IS 300 said:
ltunedgirl said:
lil' IS 300 said:
Hour long practice from 5-6 princess.
whew! don't over exert yourself buddy
We have a game tommorrow so our practice isn't our usual 2 hours...and tonight it was actually optional (I didn't even know until I got there :oops:).

...but whatever...I like doing something active everyday. Not to mention I beat my assitant coach 2 games to 0 (3 out of 2). :-?
so you have optional practice before a game???? what kind of backass way of coaching is that?
 

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ltunedgirl said:
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ltunedgirl said:
lil' IS 300 said:
Hour long practice from 5-6 princess.
whew! don't over exert yourself buddy
We have a game tommorrow so our practice isn't our usual 2 hours...and tonight it was actually optional (I didn't even know until I got there :oops:).

...but whatever...I like doing something active everyday. Not to mention I beat my assitant coach 2 games to 0 (3 out of 2). :-?
so you have optional practice before a game???? what kind of backass way of coaching is that?
Because the girls had a game before us we were given the option to leave early...since I was playing my assis. coach I wasn't about to leave in the middle of the match. Not many people from my team were there (they played fora half hour from 3-3:30 before the away team got there to play the girls). So I guess that's why most didn't show...oh well.

...I'll be glad to answer anymore of your questions ltunedgirl...but lemme take a shower first :lol:
 

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I don't know man, we always had 2 1/2 - 3 hour practices...I guess that's what I'm used to, but hey, I guess it's good that you went anyways vs. skipping it and slacking and staying on .net all night...good luck in your game tomorrow
 

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so you have optional practice before a game???? what kind of backass way of coaching is that?
Optional practice is odd..but before the games I played..we used to do maybe 30-45 minutes of conditioning/ball handling and spend the rest of the two hours going over videos and plays...plus we had a 2 hr practice in the morning before school...
 

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I don't know man, we always had 2 1/2 - 3 hour practices...I guess that's what I'm used to, but hey, I guess it's good that you went anyways vs. skipping it and slacking and staying on .net all night...good luck in your game tomorrow
L-Tuned what sport did you play? When we practice WE practice and our coach works our asses off. We are talking non-stop sprinting (wall-touches), excersizes and of course playing. But everything about it is very tiring...sport makes you play HARD.
 

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L-Tuned what sport did you play? When we practice WE practice and our coach works our asses off. We are talking non-stop sprinting (wall-touches), excersizes and of course playing. But everything about it is very tiring...sport makes you play HARD.
you play tennis or something?
 

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L-Tuned what sport did you play? When we practice WE practice and our coach works our asses off. We are talking non-stop sprinting (wall-touches), excersizes and of course playing. But everything about it is very tiring...sport makes you play HARD.
you play tennis or something?
Nice guess...it's a racket sport but it's much different then tennis. I'm sure some of you guys have heard of it before (Squash). It's pretty much played with four walls (front wall, sidewalls and a glass backwall). You do a lot more running and you have to be quick as hell to get to the ball because it doesn't bounce much. It's actually a pretty hard sport to play...

...I started playing in 8th grade to try it out..damn it's just so much fun. When I got into highschool they actually finished making four courts so we got a team. I've been playing varsity on it since then (3rd year).

 
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