Private Tutor As A Collapse Job
I'm putting this one in the "Your Craft" Circle because I want to focus not on the discussions on race and equity, but on the mechanics of teaching. We know from posts by Greer that there will be a need for private tutors and educators in the Long Descent. The controversy about just what the focus of public education is already happening, as it becomes less about teaching and more about political and social agendas. And the collapse of the college educational system as costs and accreditation inflation continues, is getting plainer by the day. Then there is the Pandemic. I have several friends who are teachers and they are heading for other jobs soon, abandoning long time careers.
A smart teacher would think of ways to stand out in the tutor field, as a way to make their wages and continue to do what they love, that is make a difference with children. This article, if you ignore the social issues and focus more on the mechanics of teaching not tied to the established dogma, seems to me to be one way to adapt older teaching methods for a younger more diverse (both economically, socially and class wise) customer base.
That and learning how to barter for goods, rather than just money.
I was in several fast track programs while in high school and the ones that stood out were they ones that used conventual methods to teach. I can remember learning how to win at Tic Tac Toe in a Math class, as a way to understand logic. And another in History that had us giving short oral presentations each Friday, after a week of research in the library.
Algebra classes taught by Nadine Ebri look different than the ones you probably took in school. Students practice equations through singing, dancing and drawing. Activities are sculpted around their hobbies and interests: anime, gaming, Minecraft. Problem-solving is a team sport, rather than an individual sprint to the right answer. Ebri, a math teacher and tech specialist for Duval County Schools in Florida, is using new techniques designed to promote equity. If kids of color, girls and low-income students engage, they'll be more likely to pursue high-level math classes, the argument goes. That can open doors to competitive colleges and lucrative careers. After Ebri switched to emphasizing real-world problems and collaboration, her students, most of whom are Black, improved their scores on Florida's math exam in 2020-21 – even with 1 in 3 learning from home.