Ending Private Tutoring on Our Campus

Jae Young Jung ‘20


Lux Hall, where most tutoring was said to take place (photo by HAFS Harbinger)

Tutors have become a developing problem for HAFS. The news of private tutoring on campus spread quickly and vastly, and soon every student was aware of the tutoring inside the school. This led the students to become more conservative when discussing whether they are receiving private education, although the demand for private education remained. Lately, the ADT keeps a watchful eye on those who enter Lux Hall, in order to pick out personal tutors.

It all started when tutors were found teaching in Lux hall. Students started to complain online that they were uncomfortable seeing their peers receive private education on school grounds. At the same time, the tutors became bolder and more numerous, with reports of tutoring in various locations around the school, including the GMC. Though the controversy was brought to light by few reports and complaints, it has now snowballed into an official ban and even a warning notification from the homeroom teachers.

The Tutor Crisis is everything that can create a buzz in HAFS, equipped with factors like excessive competition for scores, valuing private education over public education, and secretive violation of school conduct. Students utilized every possible medium, from the HAFS Confession Page to personal meetings with their homeroom teachers, to express their discomfort on this issue. This led the school to acknowledge the debate about private education that was present among the students, and later implement an official ban to the entrance of tutors.

The arguments that the opponents of tutoring put forth are quite obvious. Private tutoring goes against the fair and self-motivated environment of HAFS, as well as going against the autonomy the school requires the students to have. Although it is true that some students still receive private education outside school during the weekends, using private education in school while others do not have the same chance to do so is unfair. At least in school, students must deal with their own work, and manage their own materials. The most prominent principles that HAFS values are thinking, comprehending, and organizing their knowledge as independent beings are. The want for education is understandable, but tutoring cannot be fully accepted as right.

HAFS is a somewhat hostile environment. Students are constantly pressured by academics, grades, and an excessive amount of competition. Still, the fundamental values of HAFS–autonomy, diligence, and independency–should be respected and kept. HAFS builds students who are enthusiastic and passionate in their works, who are able to do their requested work on their own, and who are capable of exceeding their limits. Private education violates this value to an understandable amount, but tutors on school grounds is quite over the line. And so the ban continues, and drives private education out of HAFS.



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