I don’t think anybody, especially a child’s parent, wants a kid (well...adult now) to enter a career they will be unhappy in. I think parents are well within the boundaries of “good parenting” to inform their children of the pros and cons of various career paths and help guide their child towards a fulfilling career.I understand what you’re saying, but I also think that parents should be willing to listen to their children and not compel them to follow degrees or career paths that may not be right for them. That goes just as much for parents who want their children to earn liberal arts degrees (yes, there are such parents!) as it does for parents who push for engineering, computer science, etc.
With regard to “compel,” that one is trickier. Do I think it’s fine for a parent to pay for one degree but not another? There’s so many complex cases that I can’t give a definitive answer. Fundamentally, it’s their money. They can do what they want with it, but is it the right thing to do? It depends.