Do four-year olds need tutoring before they enter kindergarten? I'm not talking about going to pre-school here. This is a one to two hour program (including homework) that takes place in addition to pre-school or daycare. A recent article takes a look at three such nationwide programs.
The increase in demand is being driven by parents even though with the exception of "children with learning disabilities or other factors that make learning difficult, tutoring has not been shown to have any long-term benefits." Parents, however, believe that these programs provide certain intangibles: "confidence and important building blocks for school."
Hey, it's their money. But I can't help but wonder if the reason why there are no documented gains for these kids is simply because they already have a rich home environment. I'll bet every one of those children knows what a book is. I wish I could say the same for all students entering school.