It's very much NOT a hands off approach. You stay in close contact, let the child know you are interested in her life, let her choose which SCHOOL is better for her instead of telling her what not to do.<quoted text>
Don't presume to know more about ANYTHING than I do. I don't buy in to the philosophy of "well, kids are gonna do what they're gonna do regardless, so I'm not even gonna bother."
I don't agree with this "hands off" approach to parenting.
Kids will make mistakes. A senior in high school will be 18 shortly. You don't just become an adult. You gain responsibility for yourself little by little.
Parents should model the behavior they want to see in their almost adult kids (and kids of all ages, really). By this time in the girl's life, she has to learn to rely on herself and take responsibility for her decisions.
One way a parent could oversee this on their dime is saying you will pay for school as long as they maintain a certain grade point.