Should colleges talk to parents about their kids? – CNN.com

Should colleges talk to parents about their kids? – CNN.com.

I think it is okay for professors to speak about a student if the she/he agrees on paper.

“My university, like most others, has elaborate psychological counseling services, medical clinics, and, of course, a police department. Beyond that, it has a “care network,” whose staff members “connect the dots” of information about students from a variety of sources — including concerned fellow students, staff, and faculty — and when need be, reach out to troubled students.

But calling the parents of a student — like so much in our lives — runs into laws, regulations, and, yes, lawsuits. In 1974, Congress passed the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act . It was enacted to protect students’ records by requiring colleges to get written permission from students to share information about them with others, parents included.”

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Amitai Etzioni.

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