Teaching: Tutor Corps

In one chair sits a senior from a suburban high school, full of new-won know-how in math, afire with the impulse to do something "meaningful." In the next chair sits a small slum kid, who flunked arithmetic in his big and unruly second-grade class last year. The kid needs some of what the senior has, and he's getting it. Such, in essence, is tutoring, this summer's nationwide channel for student idealism.

Few high school students are skilled teachers; few could handle a class. But face-to-face with one or two students, the young tutors...

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