- 7 years ago
Aqualov beat me to it–Rubbs and all you other poor teachers dealing with horrific parents like this, do take some small solace in knowing that those of us at college institutions that aren’t totally tuition-driven/retention-obsessed have the ability to draw the line.
I freely admit that watching the panic emerge on the face of a parent who is used to bullying K-12 public school teachers around when s/he realizes that I’m not afraid of him/her and that there is no getting his/her son or daughter out of the mess this time is somewhat entertaining.
In many cases I do feel genuinely bad for the students–many of them are good, if somewhat coddled, young men and women who are starting to realize the negative consequences and effects of their parents’ over-involvment. I’ve seen a couple of students tell their parents to back off, and I imagine that was very hard for them, and I respect them for being able to do it, especially since parents like this are the type to also use money as a threat against their own children.