OK folks, I’m going to deliver on my promise in my last article … Part One of this Two-parter. read this if you haven’t already:
In that article I started talking about solutions to how you could get your children a good, non-abusive education in the Philippines.
Philippine Public Schools:
First of all, I’m going to discount the Philippine public schools. It may be unfair to just gloss over the country’s public school sin one fell swoop, but many of them are not of the quality I personally would like to see (there are good ones, like the Philippine Science school system), but for my purposes (and for the children of many expats, who may not be Philippine citizens, they are problematical( … and beyond our discussion for today.
Philippine Private Schools:
These can be a much better solution. There are some good ones. And, in US terms, they are cheap. But I myself would never send another child of mine to a conventional school, I don’t care if the local government runs it or some church.
And make no mistake about it,virtually all the good schools in the Philippines are religious schools .. mostly catholic. If that’s OK with you, fine. If it’s not OK with you, good luck on finding anything that doesn’t intermix fact with Catholic dogma ..;. and often very little information for a child to use to differentiate the two.
These are another possible solution. There are a number of them in the Philippines. Some, I am told, are very good indeed. Others, not so much.
But for sure they are not every where, they cost a lot … far more than Philippine private schools typically do, and in my own dealings with them I have found an “us” versus “them” attitude I don’t like. Mainly, they seem to exist for the parents who are afraid that going to Philippine schools and growing up alongside Filipino kids might lead a child into the path of “going native”. And, “heaven knows, old chap, we wouldn’t want that, no would we? Pukka Sahib and “keep up the side” and all that old-school colonial racism. For some? Maybe. For me, absolutely not.
These schools have often become the repository of a lot of teachers who for one reason or another can’t make it in the US public school system. One only needs to read yup on the sad case of John Mark Karr, for example 9the nut job who falsely claimed he murdered JonBenet Ramsey. he fled the USA on a child pornography charge and got hired by an expensive “International School” in Thailand, where he was employed at the time he made his scandalous false confession. So much for their background checks, says I. Want to spend thousands a year “betting’ on some other school’s background checks? Not me, thank you.
OK, now we’re possibly on to something. In the USA alone there are many, many organizations who offer educational materials as well as complete course in elementary and high school educational programs including examinations, evaluations and even degrees.
I already mentioned mu colleague Penelope’s Homeschooling website.
My friend Robert Thompson whom I quoted originally at the start of this dissertation has mentioned The Well-Trained Mind and I find they have some excellent forums for parents.
Another great resources is Practical Homeschooling Magazine which come sin both online and traditional “dead tree” formats.
And last but not least I should mention PhilFAQS reader Tom Nixon’s Best Online High Schools
Literally there are thousands more resources out there. If you were to decide to home school kids you would certainly not be alone.
The Philippine Pony Aspect:
OK, fine, Dave. What’s the downside? Well, that’s simple. I’ve talked to a lot of parents who had the thought that they wanted to home school their children but couldn’t. The major reason typically involved not being able to devote the time, feeling that they didn’t have the basic knowledge required and even the fact that many of us (certainly I include myself here) don’t have the organizational skills to stick to a program and finish it. All these are valid concerns.
But if you live in the Philippines, how difficult do you think it would be to find a degreed 9and even experienced) teacher who would come to work for you and be your own personal teacher/home school administrator?
Not only are there thousands of teachers out there with the training and the degrees who can’t find work, but the standard wage her in the Philippines, even for teachers in expensive private Manila schools is less than what a call center agent makes. And the salaries of public school teachers in the Philippines? Sadly, way, way lower than you might imagine.
It’s just a guess on my part, but I think a family could easily hire a teacher to be either a live-in or live-out teacher/tutor/governess domestic, using the curriculum from whatever US or international source they felt would suit their children best.
With the capabilities of today’s Internet and applications like Skype and other live chat/conferencing tools, the “home School Tutor” would not even need to live in the same house, or even city.
Or, the “home school helper” could even be, say, a retired US teacher who wanted to live in the Philippines and was looking for honest work to support him or herself … and put his or her years of experience to work.
And as long as the actual education remained in the hands of and under the direct supervision of the parents of each child, I also see no reason one “Home School Helper” couldn’t, remotely, lead or tutor classes anywhere .. adding the personal touch to the already developed and approved home school curriculum.
There ARE laws regarding education in the Philippines. I am not a lawyer and I don’t know these laws. So there could be some hang-ups or hurdles to overcome. But the more private the operation the less problems I see. Certainly one must never break the law. But on a great many onesy-twosey opportunities like this, in my personal experience in the Philippines, nobody much cares. It is not at all like the USA where in many towns and cities the local School Board wields more power (and has a higher budget) than the city itself.
Anyway, it‘s worth a thought. If you think it won’t work, that’s OK too. Just read the first quote below and think about what it says. It’s easy to think of reasons something can’t be done … just a bit harder to figure out ways it can be done.
I’m going to post this now and go join Otto the dog hiding under my desk to escape the incessant an obnoxious fireworks noise only about five hours to go until relative quiet resumes. There isn’t much I dislike about living in the Philippines, but new year’s Eve has to be high on my 9short) list of negatives. The noise, the smoke, the noxious fumes, the maimed children and the general insanity are not any of my favorite things.
I’m signing off now with what I think will be my last post of 2012. I’d like to extend warm wishes for a
Safe, Happy and Prosperous New Year
to all who have had the patience to put up with me through the last one. Happy 2013!
A couple thoughts that have passed through my view (and mind) recently. Good thoughts for the new year:
Forget about all the reasons why something may not work. You only need to find one good reason why it will
– Dr. Robert Anthony
“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it”
– Pablo Picasso