Overly involved parents may deprive students of learning opportunities

03/23/2009 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

Science fairs may bring out the worst in well-intentioned but overly involved parents, prompting some schools to decrease the competition and ask students to work on projects at school rather than at home. "When you get something like a science fair, there ought to be some very careful guidance to parents to say, 'You're depriving your child of a great opportunity if you turn this into your project,' " said University of Connecticut education professor and author Joseph Renzulli.

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