Helicopter the Shit Out of Your Kids

Helicopter parents can now reach new heights of invasiveness with a growing trend of making reports of students’ every move available for viewing online by parents:

With some programs, not only is a student’s grade recalculated with every quiz, but parents can monitor the daily fluctuations of their child’s class ranking. The availability of so much up-to-the-minute information about a naturally evasive teenager can be intoxicating: one Kansas parent compared watching PowerSchool to tracking the stock market.

Clearly there’s some useful potential here, but it sounds like that can easily devolve into a massive time-sucker, where parents can procrastinate the arduous task of raising children by obsessively poring over the minutiae of their kid’s daily existence.

Is the next generation of college students going to have been raised on this kind of thing? Will they still have personalities?

NYTimes: I Know What You Did Last Math Class

8 thoughts on “Helicopter the Shit Out of Your Kids

  1. Anonymous

    i think it’s so that students won’t bring home a failing report card at the end of the semester, or even at the midterm and it would be a complete surprise to the parents. this way, they can tell what their kid is struggling with (quizzes, homework, tests- which subjects) and try to help them out. it’s a tool to get parents more involved in their kids education.

  2. Anonymous

    i think it’s so that students won’t bring home a failing report card at the end of the semester, or even at the midterm and it would be a complete surprise to the parents. this way, they can tell what their kid is struggling with (quizzes, homework, tests- which subjects) and try to help them out. it’s a tool to get parents more involved in their kids education.

  3. Anonymous

    Wait, what is the possible useful potential of parents being able to do this?

  4. Anonymous

    Same here. It was really helpful for students because you could see when you were missing assignments and what was making your grades go up or down. Some of us checked it a little obsessively… but I didn’t hear of any parents doing so…

  5. Anonymous

    Same here. It was really helpful for students because you could see when you were missing assignments and what was making your grades go up or down. Some of us checked it a little obsessively… but I didn’t hear of any parents doing so…

  6. Anonymous

    we had this at my high school. it wasn’t that bad- but i think that that’s because my mom never really figured out how to use it.

  7. Anonymous

    we had this at my high school. it wasn’t that bad- but i think that that’s because my mom never really figured out how to use it.

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