Is the idea of having a higher price for holding private lessons to extremely rich kids ethically correct?
"What are these private lessons you speak of?"
The basic idea of private tutoring is that the tutor tutor comes to the kid's home (or the kid goes to the private tutor's home), they sit together for a predefined period of time (45/60/90 min usually), and the tutor tries to make the particular lesson/subject/problem more familiar to the kid. I mean, it's as if your younger sibling asked you to explain them something you know well and it doesn't seem to understand. Obviously, private tutoring is done for money.
I felt the need to make this clear, as I'm not sure whether such a concept even exists in other parts of the world - the educational system and other factors vary between countries.
If the standard price is, say, 100 arbitrary units, is it correct to ask for more from a family who, say, has so much money that they wouldn't even realize that they lost 1000 arb. units of money on the street?
At first, I had kind of a Robin Hood approach to this topic (so I'd say "sure it is"). My basic thought was that asking for 150% or 200% of the standard price doesn't make almost any difference to the extremely rich person, but definitely makes a difference for the tutor. So, I figured, no harm to the rich person, but means a lot to the person of average wealth.
However, after a recent conversation, I'm having second thoughts.
a. It is the same as if richer people would be obliged to pay more for, dunno, pizza, drinks, sneakers, computers, chairs, whatever. That surely doesn't sound correct.
(Then again, they might be paying that money to a big corporation that already has a looot of money, but the private tutor does not, so that might be a counter-argument here. A weak one, though.)
b. I do basically believe all people should be treated equally. Asking for more from someone who has more, just because they have more, is definitely not equal treatment. (But, then again, the person who has more (as previously defined) wouldn't really feel that inequality. Also weak argument from my pow, however.)
Okay, people, I'm confused. Please elaborate your answer. I'm looking for good arguments, whatever side you're on.
The question in the poll is the bolded part of the post, but the original sentence was too long to be a poll question.
I enabled the option to change your vote, as I believe there may be people who will change their opinion after a fine discussion (whatever side they're on).