Parents meddling in student life http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/4777053.stm It's likely to be a new phenomena in the UK since the introduction of fees - and a lot of parents paying for their kids to go to uni. For you US people, is it a common practice, if a parent pays for their kid's education, that they want to know the ins and outs of it and the uni set-up? From a personal point of view, I don't like it. I didn't like the introduction of fees, not only because of the financial burden that people from poorer backgrounds would find hard to bear but also because of stuff like this. Parents and kids expecting something extra because they're paying some money. I hope it doesn't turn universities into factories, where kids are taught stuff to pass exams - like schools are turning into. Universities should be about finding ones own path in a given subject - even if the weak students fail - not about paying for a degree.