This statement definitely is true. But then again, allowing teachers themselves be the people engaging with students outside of the classroom creates either of a ‘moral hazard’, or a ‘school times are not well thought out’ fiasco.

If students pay for ‘outside of school’ engagements, there is moral hazard. Moral hazard means if a teacher teaches outside of the classroom, her tests will be skewed towards demonstrating that students engaging with her outside of the classroom are better. I am not talking cheating here. I am talking the subconscious affecting actions. The incentives — income from extra teaching — guarantee this will happen.

To see this, consider that if you send your kid to her teacher outside of the classroom and she rounds up her class ranking from the bottom, well you would withdraw your kid from the extracurricular teaching, and the teacher no longer will teach outside of the classroom. If a teacher wants to teach sustainably outside of the classroom, her tests will be skewed towards participating students.

Suppose students do not pay for engagement with teachers outside of school. The teacher signals essentially that the time in the classroom is not sufficient for achievement of school objectives.

Well then, parents can abdicate and say, “I said it, there really is no way my kid has enough time to learn what he or she is required to learn in school. Must be other parents doing their kids’ homework for them.

By the way, I have four kids and we never ever did their homework for them, and they did great in school. One-off projects always are designed such that Elementary School kids require some help from their parents, so those do not count.

But then I digress.

If kids do not pay for engagement outside of school, they can blame the school for their inferior performance. Knowing this country (USA) as much as I do, some parents could go as far as suing school districts for not devoting enough time to ensuring success of their children in school.

Any engagement outside of the classroom for helping students succeed must come from parents, the private sector, and NGOs.

But you raise a lot of good questions in your piece about funding, developing meritocracy within populations of teachers etc.

Hopefully, it all makes a difference someday.

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