Faster Times Columnist on Parents and Legal Age 21

In her latest column, Faster Times contributor Karin Kasdin shared her experience of Legal Age 21 from a parent’s perspective. She called the disconnect between the age of majority and the drinking age “ludicrous,” and also wrote about her son, who was once removed from his Boston University dorm for underage drinking:

“The university banished him from the dorm and gave us ten days to find him off-campus housing.  We were furious at him and rightfully so. He showed flagrant disrespect for the rules. But what kind of punishment was this? Our poor boy was forced by the university to live in his own apartment where he could throw as many unsupervised parties as he liked and serve as much booze as he could amass with his fake ID. My son, (who, just for the record, does not have a drinking problem and is now married, gainfully employed and a credit to BU and his parents) was going to drink at college whether or not drinking was permitted. Most parents’ children drink at college. I would have preferred supervision.”

At the end of her column, Kasdin explores the potential positives associated with an education and licensing program similar to the one [CR] has proposed. Check out the rest of her column and let us know what you think in the comments.

One Response to “Faster Times Columnist on Parents and Legal Age 21”

  1. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with education and licensing. It’s unjustified that Boston University refused to let the young man into his dorm because of “underage” drinking and didn’t deserve any type of punishment. I don’t have a problem with those 18-20 drinking alcohol responsibly so speculation about the young man creating parties in his apartment is an ageist stereotype. However, Karin Kasdin is correct that education and licensing is the solutin. 18 is the age of majority and not the imposter 21.