Wealthy NYC Parents Hiring Freelancers to Do Kids’ Assignments

(Photo: Flickr, Creative Commons)

(Photo: Flickr, Creative Commons)

It is understandable that parents want the best for their children. And, naturally, parents also want their kids to have the best chance to be successful in life. But some wealthy parents have certain methods they use to keep their children from being stressed, but productive, at the same time.

It is a well-known fact that those parents who can afford to do so often hire expensive tutors to assist their kids in preparing for high-stakes college entrance exams. But NextShark reports that investing in their children's future can begin as early as their middle school years.

A 27-year-old Brooklynite with an Ivy League graduate degree is a freelance writer whose income is boosted by receiving $350 from the parents of a 13-year-old Park Slope middle school student to write his 500-word assignments, according to The New York Post.

"[The mom and I operate] under the polite fiction I write a paper that is to be used as a ‘guideline,' but I think we all know that's not true."

A financier who is a Battery Park resident in New York City has an eighth-grade daughter who is in a public school gifted program. The student is also intensely invested in field hockey. The father asked his personal trainer, who had a degree in biology, to help his child with her lab assignments. The pay was $200 an hour, twice as much as her regular fitness rate.

The father justified the action to himself and his daughter by saying that the move was like hiring an assistant. He also told himself that homework assignments are not necessary to groom a person for success.

It goes without saying that some would find this idea unethical. Another 25-year-old tutor shared that parents just try to throw more money her way when she informs them that she will not do school work for her students because it is a form of cheating.

"Outsourcing homework is just one more way New York City parents can ensure their privileged offspring get the very best in life," writes the Post. "And while they're happy to haggle over fees with nannies and comparison-shop for laptops, many area parents are willing to pay a premium to get their kid an A."

A New Jersey mother said she hired a student from Columbia University for $1,500 to do her son's physics homework. She was afraid her son's difficulties in physics class would undermine his otherwise stellar GPA, writes Fox News.

When the person she hired took the wooden blocks and rubber bands that were to be used to make a car, the Columbia student came up with what was the equivalent of a Tesla, the mom said. It was totally apparent that her son had not done the assignment.

The mom threw the $1,500 project in the trash and made her son do the assignment. Her son made a final grade of C in the class, writes The New York Post's Anna Davies.

The Ivy League freelancer who lives in Brooklyn was hired to read A Separate Peace, a fictional story which concerns a prep school filled with jealousy and competitiveness between the students. In the case of the Park Slope student, it seemed that life was imitating art, says Donny Levit of Park Slope Stoop.

05 22, 2016
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