Even tutors are outsourced:
Private tutors are a luxury many American families cannot afford, costing anywhere between $25 and $100 an hour. But California mother Denise Robison found one online for $2.50 an hour–in India.
A New Delhi tutoring company, Educomp Solutions, estimates the U.S. tutoring market at $8 billion and growing. Online companies, both from the United States and India, are looking to tap millions of dollars available to firms under the U.S. No Child Left Behind Act for remedial tutoring.Teachers unions hope to stop that from happening.
“Tutoring providers must keep in frequent touch with not only parents but classroom teachers and we believe there is greater difficulty in an offshore tutor doing that,” said Nancy Van Meter, a director at the American Federation of Teachers.
So are parents allowed to “tutor” their own children? What about grandparents? Can they use educational software without keeping in frequent touch with the classroom teachers? How about checking out library books, is that something that the teachers need to be involved in?
I’m not for using cheap foreign labor as a replacement for workers in the United States. However, this comes across as not merely self-serving but pathetic.