This afternoon, during one of my last few tutorials, I sat for a presentation on.. *gasp* The Passion to Teach.
It went on and on for almost 1.5 hours, complete with activities and many more. What really caught my attention was during the conclusion, whereby the lecturer gave the remark that she would not be happy to admit that her own children go for tuition as this would imply that the teacher in school, would have failed to cater to the student’s needs in the classroom itself hence the need for extra coaching.
She said that as teachers, we should tailor our lessons to match or at least try to match up to 95% of these pupils needs and customised them in such a way that everyone or at least almost all would have understood the topic or lesson taught for the day.
If this can be achieved, there would not be a need for tuition for these students in the first place since we are entrusting untrained personnel to shape the education of these children instead of trained teachers.
I do not know if I was the only one who disagreed with her on this remark.
I mean, how can it be possible for a teacher to cater to the needs of 40 students way of understanding lessons within a 2-period lesson ?
Even if it is possible, that does not mean that tutors would not be in demand. Parents would still want to send their children to these tuition centres, possibly because they are probably too busy to monitor their child education level while juggling with other duties in life.
I also have the belief that while teaching in a school is a formal context, it is through personal coaching that a student would have a greater understanding on the underlying concept of these topics taught in school. In other words, giving them mental support while at the same time, avoiding the stress thus performing better when in school.
Just my two cents worth.
ps: I do believe that some teachers do conduct tuition after school hours as additional income. Hence, I think she may have misunderstood the role of tutors too.