I am a teacher. I am a bit disillusioned at this time with students, schools, and a system set up to provide low-income students with educational assistance (SES). Maybe disillusioned isn’t the best word to describe how I feel.
I have a tutoring company with teachers ready to teach, engage, and assess students. It appears that many parents and students don’t want “real” teachers to serve as their tutors. The tutoring is provided FREE to parents. Each school district must set aside federal funds per NCLB to pay for Supplemental Educational Services (SES). Free tutoring isn’t enough, they want more. Many companies provide laptops or cell phones for students to use for online tutoring. Then, the students are allowed to keep the learning tools.
So does this mean the families believe that online tutoring will achieve the greatest educational gains for their child? Or are students convincing their parents to sign up for online tutoring simply because they want a new cell phone or laptop?
The Waldorf Schools, private schools operating throughout the US , do not allow their students to use computers until high school. Austin Waldorf School Administrator Susan Darcy stated, “I feel that introducing technology early is actually cheating children.”( Nov 10, 2011) Hmm, these parents pay over $10,000 a year for tuition and the school doesn’t allow the students to use computers. They believe children should be children and should use their imagination, construct their own knowledge, engage in the arts, and learn to work together.
Closing the achievement gap, transforming low-performing schools, and improving the quality of education for students living in poverty are all phrases we hear repeatedly. Is our government doing enough? Is our government doing too much? Should the system of providing Supplemental Educational Services be changed or eliminated? Maybe parents need to be educated before they select a SES provider for their child. Maybe I’m wrong and online tutoring SES providers are doing a wonderful job of educating their students.
What do you think? Oh, I do have one student signed up for tutoring. I am also marketing again to recruit a few more. I am a teacher and I want to teach. I want to make a difference in the lives of students. I want to Spread the Dream!