Let parents decide how best to help their kids
Regarding the op-ed “Tutoring should head education reform agenda” (Oct. 28): Yes, private tutoring has helped many struggling students and can lift many more. However, Kalman Hettleman’s vision sounds suspiciously like more top-down agenda-setting with heavy governmental involvement in funding and rule making.
A superior approach would allow parents to use Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) — created from a portion of public funds allotted to their children’s education — to purchase the educational services each child most needs. That might or might not include a tutor. It might be online instruction, or a home-school curriculum, or a therapeutic program. Or it might be a combination — a tutor plus other services. Parents know their children better than any bureaucrat and should set the agenda.