Education comes in many forms and it is up to the child or the parent how the learnings will be utilized and be beneficial for everyday living.
In the United States, homeschooling is very common, but are Filipino immigrants ready for this?
The couple Raymond and Donna Magsaysay from the bloodline of the late Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay are among the many parents residing in the San Fernando Valley in the US who chose to have their children’s education through homeschooling.
They became immigrants in 2004 and since then, their four children have been enjoying and excelling well because of the non-traditional education they are enrolled in.
Raymond and Donna emphasized that one of the advantages in homeschooling is avoiding transport problems going to school.
Alessandra Magsaysay, one of the four siblings, starts her everyday homeschool routine by waking up at seven in the morning.
After breakfast, she will just walk a few steps going to her classroom where her mother Donna, who’s also her teacher, is waiting.
Homeschooling is continuously growing and improving which is in line with the public education. Over the past few years, a growth of two to eight percent of the homeschool population was seen based on the research conducted by the National Home of Education Research Institute.
“Homeschooling is really gaining ground among families here in San Fernando Valley,” Donna said in an interview.
She shared that they did not plan to homeschool their children, it just happened due to some circumstances like
bullyi ng which their eldest child, Vito, experienced from his former teacher.
“Actors, athletes, children of business people and diplomats who have to travel a lot, do it and there are no constraints to their learning and pursuing further studies later in colleges and universities,” she explained.
“We combine books and online reading during the day and they do their work individually. Based on the children’s curriculum or grade, the state has a set of reading requirements; and tests that they have to take and complete,” Donna added.
A master or a doctoral’s degree is not necessary to be a homeschool teacher for your children or relatives but what you should have is the passion, dedication, and well-prepared lessons so that their homeschool education will not go down to waste.