Philippine Pony? What’s that, Dave? Well long time readers may remember I got enthralled by and old joke about a little boy, a pony and a stable stall full of manure one time in days gone by, and I adapted it to the Philippines.
Basically, a Philippine Pony is a hidden opportunity, available to anyone who wants to do the work of shoveling the manure to get down to it.
People alibi about time, about money, about education they don’t have … but very, very few are honest enough to give the reason 99% of the people who ‘want their own business” fail … they won’t do the work!
So if you are part of the overwhelming majority who want to day dream abut a business falling in your lap, all wrapped dup in a pretty bow, then just click on something else. You won’t find that here.
But if you truly want to provide a business that could answer an actual need, be expandable from a small market to a larger one, could be worked completely online, from your home … in any country … then grab your manure scoop and read on.
Why Home School — Philippines or USA?
First read what my colleague, Robert Bruce Thompson had to say a couple days ago:
In the wake of the Connecticut school shooting, I wonder how many more parents have decided to pull their kids out of public school and homeschool them.
Parents homeschool for many reasons, but the safety of their children is certainly an important factor for many of them.
A lunatic shooting up the place is by no means the only danger to students. Such incidents grab the world’s attention, but they are extremely rare. …
The probability of a child being a victim in a mass school shooting is considerably lower than the probability of that child being killed by a lightning strike.
What’s unfortunately commonplace, even in “good” schools, is children being:
- Beaten up,
- Threatened by gangs, and
- Exposed to alcohol and drugs.
Is it any wonder that more and more parents are choosing to homeschool their kids?… (my emphasis)
You might also like this quote from my colleague Pamela Trunk:
…I noticed how the US school system is really just the biggest babysitting institution in the world. My first clue, probably, was that I was dying to have my kids back in school so I could have my life back. What else can I do to get time alone?… Pamela is a very successful entrepreneur with a lot of interests, including her HOMESCHOOLING website
I believe this statement will irritate, if not inflame a lot of professional educators among my readers, but although it may sound harsh, I feel it very much sums up my own elementary and high school experiences … especially the bullying part.
“Suck it up”, “Be a man”, “Don’t be a cry baby”. Well, I have news for you. I am a man. I married, raised a family, had a good job, retired comfortably and even served in the military where I achieved some success, including some (minor) decorations for valor .. so I really don’t think of myself as a sissy.
But what your kids are going through in public schools these days? I hate to think of it. (and it’s a BIG problem in high-class private schools in the Philippines as well).
Even 50 years ago I was unmercifully bullied, often physically by other students, and more often than you might think bullied psychologically by teachers. They had a teaching degree and called themselves teachers, but they had a secret fetish, a guilty pleasure in making kids feel small. And independent thought? “Not in this school young man, we follow rules”.
I didn’t finish high school, myself. I felt tired of being robbed of my best years by a lot of folks whose hobby and goal in life was to make me know they were smarter than me … even when they demonstrably were not. (look up The Memoirs of Jesse James some day… no, not the idiot who was married to Sandra Bullock, look deeper).
Learning? I pretty much did that on my own … it’s worked out well for the past 50 years now, maybe I’ll someday regret giving the “time thieves” the bird back when I was 17, but I don’t regret it yet. ((My only regret now is that I didn’t drop out sooner).
Now home schooling is far from the only alternative viable if you have children in the Philippines and wonder about their education.
But what if there was an alternative method I have never seen discussed in any detail.
One that is eminently practical for those living in the Philippines.
And one that could be made into a handy little sideline business either in the USA, or the Philippines, or even both …as in start now and then continue earning when you move to the Philippines.
Remember my maxim that so few seem to understand … live in the Philippines, but don’t EARN from the Philippines?
Oops, already up over
800 900 words. I’ve already given you a lot to read and think about … part two tomorrow (Filipino time, of course).