Cheaper way to education

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Friday, April 11, 2014


EDUCATION comes in all forms and methods. Usually what comes into our minds is the four corners of the classroom, a wide field, uniforms, flag ceremonies, and so on.

Many look at education as an expensive commodity. From grade school to college, it is just expensive.

But worry no more, there's an easier platform that allows education more accessible at considerably at a lower cost.

Homeschooling, an alternative to the classroom education. As what its name suggests, schooling is done at home.

I am a proud homeschooler myself. My parents got me and my brother into homeschooling after we moved to Thailand. My parents had two options: enroll in an international school in Thailand or enroll us in a boarding school in Malaysia. But both are just too expensive, so they opted for homeschooling.

Unlike the typical classroom setting, there was freedom as students are not bound to pay anything for expensive projects and uniforms. Students are not required to wake up early, neither.

Back in our time, the study hours set was from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. In terms of studying, parent teachers can give more focus to teaching the students in a more easy-going environment, less the distractions.

People would usually ask me if I was "deprived" of socialization, not at all. At least, not in my case.

Many of the homeschoolers are able to meet friends in the extracurricular classes, like dance, martial arts, and music, where parents send them to.
Another question people would usually ask me is how can I ever proceed to high school without having been enrolled in a school.

In general, a school offering a homeschooling program sends quarterly exams.

What about today? Parents planning to engage in homeschooling are encouraged to either enroll their children in an accredited homeschool program by the DepEd or let their children take the Philippine Validating Test (PVT).

Some of the known accredited programs of the DepEd are the Catholic Filipino Academy (CFA), founded by Catholic lay preacher Bo Sanchez, The Master's Academy (TMA), a Christian school set up by the Christ's Commission Fellowship (CCF), and the Living Heritage Academy, under the School of Tomorrow (SOT).

Bereft with all the pressures in a school, homeschooling is nonetheless fun. There is the flexibility of time, I enjoyed my hobbies fully, no bullies, I get to spend time with my parents and brother, and above all no competition with other schools.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 11, 2014.

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