Not a cent to $1 billion on tuition

My daughter pointed this out to me yesterday. She had often told me how almost every classmate except the scholars attend tuition. How they are often ahead of her in class, but with only two multiple choice papers left for her current exams and given the experience of her older sister before her, I am fairly certain she would do better than most of her classmates who have had tuition.

I always tell her what mattered is how you finish the race. Too many parents use tuition as a security blanket. Top students at RI and HCI sign up for tuition to be triply sure they get their As. They don't realize this is a bad habit that would serve them very poorly in working life. The elder girl often tells me that most of her project mates are not confident and feel rather insecure about their work. That is from a cohort where at least 90% of them score four As routinely. They apparently do not possess much thinking skills and many unsurprisingly would attempt to compensate by means of their scoring skills when applying to universities.

It takes more than a decade to learn that in many situations tuition isn't all that useful. Today's kids brought up on tuition is not likely to serve this important consideration on their children. As our society matures we will certainly come to rely less on tuition. I don't expect to see the industry hitting $2 or 3 billion dollars.

As the desire to gain an edge over others never ceases, the tuition industry will have to adapt. This is going to be an exciting and constantly changing space. My wish for the industry is to evolve to become more inclusive, relevant and useful beyond exams. For that to happen their customers must be far more informed and sophisticated. Perhaps by then it wouldn't even be termed tuition.

This post first appeared on Blogging For Myself. It is reproduced with permission.


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