I have decided that the greatest threat to our way of life has nothing to do with guns, drugs, violent crime, promiscuous television, or flagging moral fiber. It's those damned helicopter parents that are killing us. I just advised a promising young college freshman and helped register her for summer classes here on campus. Every single, solitary discussion we had about classes was followed up by a quick cellphone call to her mother to check and see if that was okay. And her stupid stupid stupid mother was WRONG about almost everything she said. She undermined all of my advising expertise, and I placed that poor child in a schedule of summer classes that she will hate and regret horribly, and there's not a damn thing I can do about it. It's her dime. These are a few of the gems that came from her mother: MOM: Don't take General Psychology, because it's worthless. Since you're going to be an Elementary Education major, take Developmental Psychology instead. That's more useful. FACT: General Psychology is a PRE-REQUISITE for Developmental Psychology, and you must take it FIRST. (The girl desperately needed General Psychology to count as one of her core Behavioral Science electives. But the dumbass mother advised her not to take General Psychology because she didn't see any use for it.) MOM: Economics is a "filler" course, and doesn't count towards your degree. FACT: Economics (both Microeconomics and Macroeconomics) count as core Behavioral Science electives, and are guaranteed to transfer EVERYWHERE in the Western world. MOM: College Orientation is also a filler course, and only exists to make money for the college. FACT: EVERY FUCKING CLASS WE TEACH exists to make money for the college. We just make sure we teach the ones that will transfer as part of a degree plan. Plus, you can't get a degree from us unless you've taken College Orientation. Plus plus plus, College Orientation would teach you how to tell your dumbass mother to go fuck herself, because you will understand your degree plan a HELL OF A LOT better than she does. MOM: Once you've had your two required English Composition courses, you don't need to take a worthless Literature course. FACT: Literature is a REQUIRED core Humanities and Fine Arts course, and every college and university in all of Western culture requires AT LEAST ONE Literature course. MOM: Don't take Music Appreciation at the community college, because it won't transfer to a real university. FACT: Are you out of your fucking mind?!? You think a university will accept our English, Math, and Science transfer credit, but NOT Music Appreciation?!?! What the fuck, bitch? When this child finally transfers to a 4-year institution, her transcripts are going to be a shitting hemorrhage of a mess, for which her mother will probably blame US.