Newsweek publishes the confessions of a ‘tutor’ who wrote high school and college term papers for lazy, rich kids.
For three-hour workdays, the ability to sleep in and the opportunity to get paid to learn, I tackled subjects like Dostoevsky while spoiled jerks smoked pot, took naps, surfed the Internet and had sex. Though some offered me chateaubriand and the occasional illicit drug, most treated me like the help. I put up with it because I feared working in an office for $12 an hour again.
Cheating for others ruined her self-esteem, she writes. Well, that’s too bad.
It amazes me that parents will spend $75,000 in high school tuition and $120,000 for a private college, and then pay even more to ensure their child doesn’t learn anything.
Some commenters mention today’s front-page New York Times story on private companies competing to sign up students eligible for tutoring under No Child Left Behind because they attend low-performing schools. Tutors may not be qualified or effective, the Times reports. Sure, but there’s a lot of competition to provide tutoring, so the companies that satisfy parents are likely to survive. (I do think allowing signing bonuses is a bad idea, since some parents may choose a company for the goodies not the tutoring.)