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EDUCATION: Funding could promote tutoring

Letter by Simon Medrano Gomez, Lakewood on Jan. 6, 2012 at 10:30 am | 17 Comments »
January 6, 2012 10:58 am

Gov. Chris Gregoire’s response to the Washington Supreme Court ruling that that our state is not adequately funding education is a temporary increase to the sales tax. Although most people are not particularly fond of increased taxes, I believe this funding is a necessity for our state’s public school system.

Our schools can use this funding to initiate peer tutor systems and/or after-school tutoring sessions. This offers students the opportunity to ask the questions they did not get to ask during class and gives them a space to study without distraction. Having been a tutor during high school, I know how much of a difference a little one-on-one tutoring can make on test day.

Critics may say it is not enough to just simply tutor students because a tutor cannot be with them during an exam. However, tutoring can lead to the development of an essential academic skill: problem solving. Problem-solving gives students the ability to use their background knowledge to view a problem in different ways.

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