It's not uncommon that, after browsing the well known tutor sites, someone contacts me asking my rate and whether I teach at the student's home. Both of these facts are given in my profile. So, I'm wondering how many students/parents don't bother to read the profiles of those they contact. It really does seem that for many the way they select a tutor is much the same as mindlessly grabbing a litre of milk off the supermarket shelf. Would they take the same attitude to hiring a plumber or decorator? Too many parents seem to be of the opinion that all tutors and teachers are cut from the same cloth. I guess that's part of the reason why the UK continues to slip down the academic league tables: a large percentage of parents simply don't appreciate and value education.