Friday, September 21, 2012

Tutors for kindergarteners (and younger kids too) - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post

Tutors for kindergarteners (and younger kids too) - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post:

Answer Sheet

Tutors for kindergarteners (and younger kids too)

How obsessed have schools become in preparing young kids to take tests and achieve in academics? This much: Tutors for kindergarteners — and preschoolers — have become commonplace.

(Mark Bugnaski/AP)
You might think this is something that would be popular in New York City or Washington D.C. But go to Clay County, Missouri, and you can find plenty of folks willing to help bring kindergarteners who may already be behind in their studies up to speed — for a price.
At the top of this webpage, which lists names and credentials of tutors, it says:

Here are 136 Clay County Kindergarten tutors ranked by student rating and relevance

Some tutors charge the families of kindergarteners $35 per hour, others $45, and at least one, a special education teacher, charges $60 per 

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