Unfortunately not all tutors have the gift of intrinsic motivation for
service; the tutors at UMN Duluth should all be congratulated. But I wonder
how many of them would take a check, if it were available.

Tutoring and teaching for the honor of it sounds like an old argument often
used to keep these para professionals and professionals underpaid. I am
essentially a teacher and a member of a family of three who rely on me to
provide. I want more money all the time, and I am not leaving teaching for
computers any time soon.

Tutors should be paid the highest hourly wage available on campus.


9 -0400, you wrote:
>I find it amusing that you all are arguing about how much tutors should be
>In many programs tutors aren't paid at all - they do it for the honor or
>enroll in tutoring for credit classes. I attended a celebration honoring
>the 10,000 tutoring session at UMN-Duluth last year -  a program run by
>Paul Treuer where none of the tutors are paid.
>There's strong research evidence that tutors usually gain more from the
>tutoring experience than do the students they tutor.(Even John Gardner
>agrees.)   As Bill McKeachie found in his historical analysis of research
>on college teaching, " If you want to succeed in college, pay to be a
>tutor; don't pay a tutor."
>If you want to earn big money, go into computers and then you can donate
>your millions to high schools to prevent so many students from being
>underprepared when they get to college.
>McKeachie, W. (1990).  Research on College Teaching: The historical
>background. Journal of educational Psychology, 82 (2), 199-200.
>Martha Maxwell