The expression “learning institution” invariably brings to mind images of an imposing building fronted by a flagpole where learners in uniform battle their way through the rush hour madness in order to join the ranks of fellow learners within the controlled environment of the classroom and take instructions from an established figure of authority, the teacher.
Homeschooling changes the conception that prime education has to take place within the four walls of the classroom by bringing a customized environment at home. In this learning institution, the parents take full charge of teaching their children in a setting that’s more familiar, relaxed, and nurturing.
Send your children home to bring out the best in them. Homeschooling empowers parents to become their own children’s educators. No one else would know their children better. Parents are driven by intrinsic motivation to provide the most nurturing environment for their children to bring out the best in them. The case of Christopher Paolini, best-selling author of the fantasy series Eragon ; Tim Tebow, star NFL quarterback and the first college sophomore to win the Heisman trophy at age 20; and the Jonas Brothers, members of an American boy band all seem to prove that homeschooling produces achievers.
For local examples, we can point out Paul Tan-Chi, famed Ateneo UAAP basketball player and incumbent President of the Subdivision and Housing Developers Association (SHDA) and Louise Mabulo, Top 5 of the Junior MasterChef Pinoy Edition.
Not only are parents given the opportunity to become the primary influencers in their children’s character and values, homeschooling also puts back the main focus on what’s really more important than academics. In homeschooling, parents take back what they have been defaulting to conventional schools. They are able to realize that homeschooling is just as natural as parenting.
With homeschooling, parents are also given the chance to tailor-fit the design of their children’s education in order to maximize their potentials in relation to their unique gifts.
HAPI members and advocates recently gathered to discuss their individual stories teaching their children and how homeschooling is steadily gaining following among Filipino parents.
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HAPI President Gerry Argosino relates how his son, now a college student, has successfully adjusted to the classroom setup in school, coming from a homeschooling environment from grade school to high school.
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Edric Mendoza, HAPI (Homeschooling Association of the Philippines, Inc.), shares his personal experience of how by example, he and his wife were able to show to family and friends the benefits of homeschooling versus the benefits of traditional schooling.
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Bambi Lazaro, Project Director of the HAP Conference, reveals that all the challenges she encountered homeschooling her child are worth it.