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As our undergraduate correspondent reports the question of college tutoring has received a surprising amount of public attention recently. People who should know better have come forward breathlessly with their discovery that in every college town there are tutors more concerned with gaining a livelihood than with furthering the spread of enlightenment.
Princeton is not different from other towns in this respect. The Hun School and the Student Tutoring Association have many clients, and several freelance instructors may be found up and down Nassau Street. The question is whether they are using their considerable talents against the interests of the University. There can be no doubt that they have done this upon occasion in the past, and perhaps they would do it again if they could. But times have changed.
Departmental work in upperclass years is almost tutor-proof, and even underclass courses seem to grow less amenable to "cold-doping," which is the greatest and most lucrative sin of the big-money instructors. Legitimate forms of tutoring seem to become more popular, and the tutors, sometimes to their own confessed astonishment, seem to become educators. Undoubtedly there is still too much tutoring of the sort which merely postpones for a few months the time when student and university must part company, but the day has passed when a young man can casually sign up for routine tutoring in course after course and depend on his father's bank account to make up for his own inactivity. Princeton Alumni Weekly
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