According to the 1987 Constitutionof the Republic of the Philippines – Article XIV, every child has a rightto proper education. Parents have an obligation to send their children toschool, and they have some options: the traditional schools and home schools.Homeschooling and traditional schooling both share a goal of educatingstudents, what sets them apart is the approach they take in fulfilling thisgoal.
Homeschooling is a type of education where a child is being educated byhis or her parents at home, however, according to Co (2012), the parents canteach their children anywhere they want, whether it be in a coffee shop orplayground, it all depends on them. The parents or the guardians of the childare the ones who act as teachers, one of the parents should devote his or hertime to teaching the child. The parent should also be innovative and creativebecause the success of the child depends on how the parent teaches him or her.In traditional schools, there are professional teachers assigned to groups ofstudents. Traditional schooling is another type of education wherein a childleaves the comfort of his or her home to be taught, along with his or her classmates.Children attending homeschool have less social interaction with other peopleunlike in traditional school, the children are given many opportunities tointeract and communicate with diverse people. According to Dalien (2015),children must learn how to work amongst other students without the supervisionof their parents or guardians.
In traditional schools, the students may developtheir social skills that should be helpful in facing the world as adults in thefuture. Even though, these schools have anti-bullying campaigns, bullying willalways be a major concern for parents. In a traditional school, an academic curriculum is pre-established bythe school system, but some parents may not agree with the curriculum beingtaught to their children. Whether parents find the curriculum too elementary ortoo advanced, they have no way to adjust what the school decides to teach thestudents (Sheahan, n.d.). In homeschooling, some online curriculum specializesin one subject such as math, reading or spelling. The programs allow one thefreedom to carefully tailor the child’s education to suit his or her individualneeds (Davis, 2017).
According to Anne (2013), When she was homeschooled, she could go at herown pace in her studies. She sometimes did a week’s worth of math in one day sothat she would not have to worry about it for the rest of the week. The parentsof the children being homeschooled or the child himself or herself could sethis or her pace when it comes to learning new topics or finishing worksheet andtextbooks.
Meanwhile, children attending a traditional school follow a setschedule which tells how much time is allotted for one subject. Cramming is quiterampant in these types of schools, unexpected projects with close deadlines andexams are sometimes being given on top of an already busy schedule, while homeschoolersare given a long period of time to plan out how they want to do what is taskedof them. In a homeschool setting, the child has one-on-one lessons with his orher parents, and all the parent’s attention is given to the child.
While in a traditionalschool, a single teacher must give his or her focus to twenty or more students,therefore reducing the amount of attention each student receives. This mayaffect how the students keep up with the lessons and school work. According to the 10 WaysHomeschooling is Cheaper than Public School (2015), parents whoenrolled their children into traditional schools spend around ?5,000 just forthe children’s school supplies. In homeschooling, the only things parents needto spend money on are the basic materials needed, such as paper, glue, pencilsand crayons. Moreover, some children are being driven to their respectivetraditional schools.
Parents spend additional money to pay for gasoline expenses,especially when they live far away. Otherchildren go to school by the school bus or by using other means of publictransportation and their parents also spend money for these fees. In terms of school allowance, parents may give some money totheir children who attend tradition schools. The allowance given is normallyused for food or for other needs. Homeschoolers arenot given any allowance, since they have everything they need at their home. Being at the comfort of their own home may also be beneficial tochildren who are being homeschooled when calamities and other disasters occur.
These mishaps could result to suspension of classes in many traditional schools,the schedules will be disrupted, and the learning also stops. Homeschool has been growing in the Philippines and parents are becomingmore open to the option of enrolling their children into homeschools. Accordingto The Homeschooling Alternative:Homeschooling in the Philippines (2016), there are ways for parents to gettheir children into homeschool in the Philippines. One is by enrolling thechildren into DepEd accreditedhomeschool providers. The homeschoolers must follow a set curriculum; however,parents are free to enhance or expand it based on the capabilities of theirchildren. This is said to be the easiest way to homeschool, the student’saccomplishments are then evaluated, and he or she can also enter a traditionalschool with ease. Homeschooling and traditional schooling are both effective ways ofeducating children but still depends on which type of education fits the child.
Every child is different, and the parents should know which one is the best fortheir children. Most importantly, the child should also be given a chance topick what he or she wants.