More Than Just a Tutor

Adapted from Rant of the Week at The Stars Hollow Gazette

Hire Learning

According to a rare bit of journalism in the New York Post, there is a growing trend of parents hiring tutors to do a little more than just toot.

Corrupt tutors for hire

by Doree Lewak

Unscrupulous ‘homework helpers’ are getting paid big bucks to help kids cheat their way to the top of the ivory tower

Alan wrote a heartwarming, if not tear-jerker of an essay about living with Crohn’s disease for a college application essay. He was proud of his opus detailing the struggles with the often crippling autoimmune disease that makes leading a normal teenage life all but impossible.

Only problem is, Alan is not a high school senior, but a former tutor-turned-ghostwriter in his early 30s who was paid $150 to write about this real-life situation by the applicant’s father.

The New York dad, like a lot of Alan’s clients, found him through his ad on Craigslist, the increasingly murky marketplace for legit and not-so-legit tutors, homework helpers and ghostwriters in dubious guises.

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    • TMC on December 11, 2012 at 19:01

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