Sending Grades (& Bills)

One thing that makes me chuckle is the now standard college policy that bars parents from access to their child’s semester grades without the child’s permission. It seems like a contrived attempt at fostering autonomy, kind of like playing house. I can’t resist pointing out that the college does not seek my daughter’s permission before sending me the bill. Upon receiving it, I always have this wicked desire to say, “Ah, there’s been some sort of mistake. Given your grade policy relative to my access, you obviously meant to send this to my daughter. Shall I forward it to her?”