I tutor because I love to teach.
I tutor because I love to eat.
I tutor because I love spending time with kids.
I tutor because living in a house is sweet.
OK, that's a bad poem. But, hidden in that poem is a conundrum. I am not independently wealthy, so I have to work for a living. I am very lucky that I have a job that fills my heart and makes me happier than I could have ever imagined. But, unfortunately, happiness doesn't pay a mortgage or fill a grocery cart.
While it is true that no one can make someone else feel guilty without their own consent, there are certain things that push my buttons. I want every student to have full access to the very best education available. I want all high school students to do their very best on the SAT and other college admittance exams. When parents approach me as if they are begging for help, or asking they can have a discount,I feel sad. If I were independently wealthy, I would tutor everyone for free. Unfortunately, that isn't the case.
I went to college and graduate school to learn my craft. I have spent much of the past 30 years honing it. I keep up with the latest information about local school's reading lists and testing information. I purchase books to read along with your child. Since I travel to see my students, I also have the cost of gas and the upkeep of a car. Even while the price of gas has gone up, I haven't raised my rates.
Do you ask your doctor for a discount? If you own a business, do you give back a percentage of your fees to someone who is unemployed or someone with health issues? Then why ask that of me? Next to a loving home, education is the most valuable thing a parent or guardian can give a child. A very wise person once told me to avoid devaluing my worth. Please don't ask me.