Sundays are a Day of Rest – by which I mean a Day of talking about the Rest of my life; that is, outside linguistics.
I recently got a job as a private tutor for a company called Exploding Stars, in Glasgow. I’m tutoring (you guessed it) English, and also EFL (English as a Foreign Language) and French.
This got me thinking…
Regardless of whether or not there is, should there be a need for private tutors alongside our education system?
I mean, the whole point of the United Kingdom having free education is to give everyone the same start in life; to stop eduction being available only for the wealthy.
If people cannot live up to their full potential within this system, has it failed us?
However, there’s another side to every story, and it would be impossible for state-schools (well, any schools, really) to provide the level delivered in private tuition.
In school, every class has dozens of children in it, each with different needs and wants, each with an individual way of learning most productively, and there’s no way that a teacher can provide for these needs. They do well; extremely well, a lot of the time (at least, if we rule out my old English teacher…).
However, in order for a lot of people to reach their full potential, a helping hand is needed.
Tutors don’t cost an arm and a leg, and an hour a week of one-on-one tuition, based on your weaknesses and strengths, your needs and your way of learning, can make a massive difference for people hoping to do well in their exams.
Despite the relatively low cost of private tuition, it creates a gap in society.
It’s by no means the same as the government not providing free education, but it is an example of how, even within one state school, the wealthy have more of a head start.
What do you think?
Is it unfair?
Or is it just the way of the world?
If it is unfair, is there anything we can actually do about this?