Why tutoring? John Medina in his book Brain Rules talks of the importance of small class size as he says, "Given that every brain is wired differently, being able to read a student's mind is a powerful tool in the hands of a teacher...It may include knowledge of when students are confused and when they are fully engaged. It also gives sensitive teachers valuable feedback about whether their teaching is being transformed into learning." As we know small class size is hard to come by and if your child is struggling, a one-on-one situation is the best and most efficient way to help him or her.
I was shocked when I heard on The Evening News with Katie Couric a couple of days ago that the U.S. now ranks about 18th in national drop-out rates; so many countries are doing better than we are. I suppose there are all kinds of reasons for this. Many students feel they don't fit into the school system as it is. Large class sizes certainly don't help. Often children need individualized learning and it's just not possible with so many students in one class.
What happened to drop us so low?
Things obviously need to change because many of the children and teenagers in this country aren't getting the education they need to become happy, successful adults. Many people who don't understand the need to fund education, don't realize that if we don't foot the bill early on, we're going to do it later in increasing proportions when young adults can't get good jobs and pay their own bills, or when perhaps too many high school dropouts become part of the criminal justice system.
How in the world can people who don't even have a high school diploma (or GED) make it in this increasingly advanced world? On the other hand, entrepreneurship and the web make almost anything possible these days it seems. As we all know, there are plenty of very rich/successful people who never went to college, so I guess it doesn't really matter how or where you learn, just that you do learn. I suppose I'm a bit prejudiced, but it does seem that knowing how to read well is a prerequisite to learning; don't you agree?