...at least, I didn't expect it - but it seems so obvious in retrospect. We've all heard that the American education system is a shambles, that our students leave school unable to compete in the world economy. The only proposals I've ever heard for fixing this situation are focused on changing things here - more teachers, different teaching methods, less social promotion, and on and on.
But what about this? The Amateur Economist and Curmudgeon has this post up referencing an apparently growing industry - cross border tutoring, over the internet, at $2.50 an hour.
It's ingenious. Now parents can do an end run around the education system by providing one-on-one tutoring for their children, regardless of how busy (or uneducated) the parents themselves might be.
And this isn't a boon only for students needing extra help. The opportunity for top students - the ones that languish in the classroom as the teachers go over the same material again and again - is incredible. An array of tutors at your child's fingertips, within the budget of the average family, available day or night.
Tutoring from half a globe away. This internet thing is pretty cool.
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