Born to become free


CBS Philly

By Amy E. Feldman

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Now that you’ve mortgaged your future to send your kid to college, what right do you have to see information about how she’s handling herself while she’s there? Not much.

An Ivy League college student at Dartmouth was arrested last month after urinating over his fraternity’s balcony onto people below. Good thing he got such good grades in high school to get into an Ivy League school. I’m sure this won’t come back bite him.

Wonder how your kid is doing now that he’s in college? You’ll have to ask him because the college won’t tell you.

In what may be one of Congress’ most naïve laws, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), says that college students are to be considered responsible adults and are allowed to determine who will receive information about them. Under this law, parents who want to…

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