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Learning moments outside the classroom

Third in a series of three on homeschooling in the Philippines.
MANILA, Philippines—Imagine a school where every minute of a child’s waking hours can be turned into a “learning moment,” where the teacher, who works without pay, is on call 24/7, where classes are not suspended on account on bad weather, where you spend only P14,700 for tuition, plus P1,500 for miscellaneous fees and around P2,000 for textbooks a year, and where students spend an average of only three to five hours in the “classroom,” depending on their grade level. Read more…


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Beginner’s guide to homeschooling

The second of three articles on homeschooling in the Philippines.
MANILA, Philippines—Although homeschooling is considered by many as a new phenomenon, it has been practiced for several centuries. Some well-known people who were homeschooled are physicist Albert Einstein, painter Leonardo da Vinci, composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, US President Abraham Lincoln and writer C. S. Lewis. Read more…


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Homeschooling Philippine style

One of three articles on homeschooling in the Philippines.
MANILA, Philippines—For 10-year-old Therese Michelle Paman, classes mean answering her workbooks at the lanai in their house and listening to the only teacher she has ever known: Her mother, Lizette.
Since Lizette began homeschooling Therese five years ago, every day has become a wondrous journey of learning and bonding for mother and daughter. Read more…


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Brave, new world of homeschooling in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – In the 2004 teen movie “Mean Girls,” Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) has just moved to a small town outside of Chicago from Africa. All her life, up to the time she enters the public high school where she meets the mean girls who make her life miserable, Cady has been home-schooled. Her unique education makes her stand out in two ways: she is academically advanced but the general population has a hard time accepting her as well. “She’s a Home-what?”
In the United States and in most countries around the world, homeschooling is legal and before 1900, homeschooling was the most common and accepted mode of education. Ten United States presidents were homeschooled by their mothers.
In the Philippines, homechooling has started to gain some ground though it is not as popular as it is in the US. Read more…