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Tutoring Addresses Only the Symptoms

How much is $1 billion in tutoring ("Not Left Behind," Fall 2006) buying American kids? Not much, if you ask me. As a country, we keep throwing away our cash on tutoring, which merely addresses symptoms of learning problems, not causes. For decades, science and research have pointed to poor cognitive skills as the cause of learning problems. There's plenty of room in the education industry to embrace (and make money from) cognitive skills methodology. Let's get with a program that works.

Ken Gibson

Founder and CEO of LearningRx

Colorado Springs, Colo.

Editor's note: The writer's company runs programs to improve kids' cognitive skills.

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