An Associated Press story on Sunday talks about “helicopter parents” — parents of college students who “hover” over their children. For example, calling to complain to college administrators when their sons or daughters get bad grades, or

Recently, one parent demanded to know what Colgate planned to do about the sub-par plumbing her daughter encountered on a study-abroad trip to China.

According to the article, consumer-oriented parents expect a superb experience for their kiddies at $40,000 a year, and aren’t bashful about pointing that out to college administrators.

To foster student self-reliance, colleges have turned to skits, lectures, and reading lists to explain to parents that a certain amount of student flailing (without the crutch of parent intervention) is expected and good.

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