January 4 2018 – Convivium – Peter Stockland – Will private tutoring re-configure learning?
¡°Private tutoring is the ¡®new normal¡¯ for Canadian families,¡± Bennett told?Convivium?recently from his home base in Halifax, where he blogs on educational issues. ¡°When you travel across the country, you see an incredible number of tutoring businesses. Every mall has one, all with slightly different names. Kumon is everywhere. And they¡¯re growing by leaps and bounds in urban Canada, and in the fast-growing suburbs.¡±
“…estimates tutoring revenue at more than $1 billion a year in Canada alone. That¡¯s a substantial industry based on helping children with what were once called the basic Three Rs of education. ”
“…surveys done by the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) that show about 35 per cent of Ontario families now pay for tutoring to supplement their children¡¯s education. That is up a full 10 per cent since OISE asked the question in 2002. The growth comes at a time when overall public school attendance is dropping sharply.”