Today, children are expected to earn high grades in all of their classes, in spite of failing public school system. Parents can still remember when an education was essential in preparing children for their livelihood.
Now what many public school systems offer is overcrowded classrooms. Teachers are being grossly underpaid for their skills and overworked. Outdated learning material, metal detectors, violence, cuts in federal spending for education...
Remedial help is sorely needed for some students so they can keep up. If a child can't receive education they deserve, how are they expected to prosper in society? Parents, students, and public school systems already know that this is a hugh problem, but who can they turn to for help?
More and more parents are turning to tutoring to supplement their children's education and to further their children's abilities to be successful in future.
Tutoring is a $4 Billion business that is growing steadily. Under No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, supplemental educational services are funded by school districts with a portion of their allocation from U.S. Department of Education.
The Federal Government allocates as much as $1800 per eligible student, but so far, less than 10 percent of eligible students are electing to participate, according to providers' estimates.
One of toughest challenges is simply convincing parents that service is free to them. Parents will often hang up when sales reps for tutoring firms call to explain program.
They think it is a scam because "free" usually means too good to be true. And sometimes parents simply don't want to acknowledge that their child needs help. Parents have been known to ask "What's wrong with my child that he needs to be tutored?"