U.S. homework outsourced as "e-tutoring" grows

Wow, I didn’t see this coming.

U.S. homework outsourced as “e-tutoring” grows – Boston.com: “BOSTON (Reuters) – Private tutors are a luxury many American families cannot afford, costing anywhere between $25 to $100 an hour. But California mother Denise Robison found one online for $2.50 an hour — in India.

‘It’s made the biggest difference. My daughter is literally at the top of every single one of her classes and she has never done that before,’ said Robison, a single mother from Modesto.

Her 13-year-old daughter, Taylor, is one of 1,100 Americans enrolled in Bangalore-based TutorVista, which launched U.S. services last November with a staff of 150 ‘e-tutors’ mostly in India with a fee of $100 a month for unlimited hours.

Taylor took two-hour sessions each day for five days a week in math and English — a cost that tallies to $2.50 an hour, a fraction of the $40 an hour charged by U.S.-based online tutors such as market leader Tutor.com that draw on North American teachers, or the usual $100 an hour for face-to-face sessions.

‘I like to tell people I did private tutoring every day for the cost of a fast-food meal or a Starbucks’ coffee,’ Robison said. ‘We did our own form of summer school all summer.’

The outsourcing trend that fueled a boom in Asian call centers staffed by educated, low-paid workers manning phones around the clock for U.S. banks and other industries is moving fast into an area at the heart of U.S. culture: education.”

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