According to a rare bit of journalism in the New York Post, there is a growing trend of parents hiring tutors to do a little more than just toot.
Corrupt tutors for hire
by Doree Lewak
Unscrupulous ‘homework helpers’ are getting paid big bucks to help kids cheat their way to the top of the ivory tower
Alan wrote a heartwarming, if not tear-jerker of an essay about living with Crohn’s disease for a college application essay. He was proud of his opus detailing the struggles with the often crippling autoimmune disease that makes leading a normal teenage life all but impossible.
Only problem is, Alan is not a high school senior, but a former tutor-turned-ghostwriter in his early 30s who was paid $150 to write about this real-life situation by the applicant’s father.
The New York dad, like a lot of Alan’s clients, found him through his ad on Craigslist, the increasingly murky marketplace for legit and not-so-legit tutors, homework helpers and ghostwriters in dubious guises.