According to American Resident’s blog, here are Gweneth Paltrow’s Herculean requirements for a tutor for her two children, aged 6 and 8:
“The ideal candidate will have received a classical education, including Latin and Greek, and be familiar with such elements as the history of thought from a philosophical perspective. He or she should also be musically fluent and play at least one instrument well. In addition, language skills are essential and the Tutor should have fluent French and at least one other of Spanish, Italian, Mandarin or Japanese. The Tutor will also need to be fit and healthy, enjoy many sports and pastimes both indoors and out, including painting, art, or art history and drama, as well as sports such as chess, tennis, fencing or a martial art.” ….. when the tutor collects the boy from school, they might stop by an art gallery on the way home!
I think I’m a fantastic tutor, going WAY above the call of duty for all of my students. However, just READING the above made me tired! It reminded me of being in a school where the teacher is expected to be everything to everybody, and thus able to do NOTHING as well as he or she should. Such a tutor would be worth £100,000 a year, in my opinion, to have mastered all of these areas, as well as have the energy to keep up with all of these requirements. I don’t they would last longer than six months in the position, even then.
It would make a lot more sense to have one tutor who is fluent in several languages, art, and perhaps some classics who could pick up the children daily and spend a specified number of hours with the children. There should be a second tutor who would be able to do sports, games, and perhaps some history/philosophy and music.
How does she think one person would be able to master all of these areas, and yet be prepared to be a tutor in only one private home? Such a tutor would be more accomplished than the presidents of many nations or multinational coroporations.
What do others think?
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