It's no secret that wealthier students have an edge when it comes to college admittance. A study in 2017 found that more students attend the Ivy League from the top 1% income bracket than from the bottom 50%. This can be explained in a variety of ways, but at the end of the day what it means is that those with greater resources are doing better in their education than those with fewer.
At Functional Tutoring, we believe in the American Dream: that anyone can start here from nothing and work their way up to have it all. Systems like this, where the have's possess an edge over the have-not's, directly interfere with this vision. When the upper class can afford better tutors, better study materials, and therefore ultimately get their children into better schools, it becomes harder for less fortunate students and families to work their way up the ladder.
"We aim to level the playing field between upper, middle, and lower class mathematics students in a meaningful way"
Fortunately, with the advent of the internet and the proliferation of online tutoring services, we suddenly have the ability to start equalizing the playing field between economic classes in America. With this ability comes a great responsibility to ourselves, our children, and future generations. At Functional Tutoring we believe that we must be active in achieving an egalitarian world, and understand the difficulty present in trying to achieve that goal.
And yet it was never meant to be easy. Trying to slowly dismantle and modify a system that's always been there is going to be hard. The difference now is that with the internet, the greatest tool ever created by humanity, we suddenly have the ability to reshape our world in a significant way. At Functional Tutoring, we want to be part of that story. The only question that remains is: will you be part of that story with us?