Some students I tutor are doing so well in school –- getting 98s, 99s, and other As in math and chemistry — that they canceled tutoring for this week! Congrats on the good grades!! Understandable to cancel, but not a good idea, I think. Getting good grades would be a good measure of education and preparation for adult life only if the school had a rational curriculum. But, when it does not, as is unfortunately often the case today, then we are measuring by a false standard. There is a lot missing in modern education — modern education in general; there are some good schools and teachers out there! A student would have to be going to a good school to get a full, rational education in all areas of knowledge. (A teacher alone, teaching only one subject, could not provide the full breadth of a rational education in a school context, but, yes, could make a big difference in a student’s life. And this difference is important. Sometimes vital.) Tutoring should be about more than grades, it should be about making sure a student gets what should be in a proper education and what is missing from modern education: understanding concepts and being trained in objective logic and rational methods. There are a variety of mathematical and scientific (and other) concepts to cover correctly — number, fraction, the infinite, induction, scientific method, reading skills, writing skills — since they are often, unfortunately, not taught correctly today, just as the “why,” the “how,” and the use of some idea are often not taught. Such things should be remedied in tutoring; a good time for this is in “down time” from the demands of school work.