Bad parenting blamed for "clueless and entitled" generation

September 10, 2007

In a lengthy rant about modern "professional parents," author Tom McGrath laments parental over-involvement in the college application process. For just $5,000 US, parents hire SAT tutors who teach kids to answer questions correctly without reading the questions at all. For a few thousand more, college advisors help students find the right "fit," based on the narcissistic assumption that the student is perfect just the way they are. Some parents hack into their child's email account to respond to university correspondence. Millennials are paradoxically more sophisticated and less mature than ever. If a child is mature enough to attend college, he asks, shouldn't she be able to manage the application process? Philadelphia magazine