A reader counters: Learn from the burn

Chin up. You'll learn from this. (cellar_door_films via Flickr)
Chin up. You'll learn from this. (cellar_door_films via Flickr)

We know the stereotype of helicopter parents -- those moms and dads who hover around their student children, making sure they succeed at everything, and removing any potential obstacles in their paths.

In my reporting on what high-school students should watch out for when they take college classes, I heard concerns that many high-schoolers may not be mature enough to handle the college experience.

But On Campus reader "asiljoy," who said she took college classes while in high school, had this response to my post on why maturity is important when high-school students take college classes:

I'm a little weirded out by the continual push to have all children avoid failure at any point in their childhood. I fell on my face in my first chem class at the college level, but like they say, there's no better lesson on why to avoid fire than getting burned. I'm not saying all children should be pushed into this, but if they meet the requirements and want to give it a try, I say let them.

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