Jay Mathews brings up a good question. Paraphrased, it boils down to this – if Mathews was a former college pitcher and coached his daughter to perfection, how is it different than Mathews, a journalist, editing his daughter’s school papers?
After all, former sports star parents that coach their children (and their teammates) are looked at as great coaches, or parents teaching their kids how to “follow in their footsteps.” But parents that edit their kids’ work in school, even if writing is their pro sport, are looked at as “over-involved” and giving their kid an unfair advantage.
Does Mathews have a common experience? If you’re knowledgeable in a field, are you discouraged from using your talents to help your child? And is there a kid on you child’s baseball team whose parent is allowed to participate while you’ve got to sit on the sidelines of your child’s education?
It’s an odd concept when you think about it like that – especially since an athlete can go on to make millions of dollars. I doubt mine or Mathews’ kids will ever break minimum wage with writing skills.