The Telegraph is reporting a private school head’s comments that students should stop taking parents to university open days as it fuels the safe-spaces culture among the ‘snowflake’ generation
Jane Lunnon, headmistress of Wimbledon High School, also said that by over-protecting children, parents are making teenagers ‘less confident’ and crippling their ability to deal with adulthood.
Mrs Lunnon said modern parents are overprotecting their children to the point where they disempower them and leave them unable to deal with university life and beyond.
She said: “When I was going to university, [it was] nothing to do with your parents – you’d go to your open days on your own.
“Now universities are running sessions for parents. Parents go along to the open day.
“This whole point about breaking away and taking control of your own identity and taking those risks, is to some extent compromised by increasing parental need to protect and support.
“And I think to some extent the universities are complicit in that.”
Do you agree? Are universities pandering to parents? Should students have more independence? Let us know your thoughts in the comments or via Twitter ~ Jon
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