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Weekly Reader 10.18.10

Buzzing B School

Some parents never land the helicopter. At least that’s what a new study from a test prep company reported, according to Business Week.   Veritas Prep surveyed business school admissions officers and found:

Of the 35 admissions officers that responded, 33 percent said that a pushy or overbearing parent has compromised an applicant’s chance of admission. A growing number of admissions officers also believe that parents are leaving a “noticeable footprint’ on applications submitted to their schools.

Of course, grad school parents are left in the dust by undergrad parents.  A Kaplan Test Prep survey of  387 colleges and universities found that more than 75 percent of admissions officers said that parental involvement is increasing. More than 60 percent of  them had set up “new initiatives” for parents including  parent-only websites and tours.

The helicopter parents on the grad level are a little hard to excuse.  But don’t parents of college students who must jump through flaming hoops for admission and then pay up to $50,000 annually to go to school deserve a role in the decision-making?

What an Almost Millennial Says about the Cohort

It’s not a pretty picture:  a sarcastic summary of some of the more negative characteristics of our children’s generation.  In “NSFW: Generation Whine–Why I am Relieved not to be a Millennial,” Tech Crunch columnist Paul Carr takes aim at the generation’s stereotyped worst traits:

As someone born in December of 1979, the narrowness of my escape terrifies me. After all, based on all the available evidence, Millennials are the most obnoxious, self-entitled, lazy and willfully ignorant generation ever to pollute the surface of the earth.

Carr goes onto take make some sweeping generalizations, ending with examples from “The Social Network,” the movie about the Facebook.

In the comments section, 300 Millennials came to the rescue, lambasting both Carr and previous generations who, they say,  left plenty of damage in their wake. It’s a fascinating look at generational attitudes.

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