HAPPENING: Former UP Chancellor Michael Tan on homeschooling education in “new normal”

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Dr. Michael Tan is a homeschooling dad to his son. Screengrab from Homeschool Global video.

Former University of the Philippines (UP) Chancellor Michael L. Tan is sharing about homeschooling education in the “new normal” scenario as a homeschooler dad.

Dr. Michael Tan joins fellow homeschool parents and their children in the first-ever PH Online Conference on Homeschooling on Facebook Live to help Filipino parents cope with the COVID-19 post-lockdown scenario for Philippine education.

The “homeference” is being conducted in anticipation of the so-called “new normal” that kicks in as the lockdowns are scaled-down and lifted in several areas in the country after May 15, 2020. In the new scenario, mass gatherings such as in schools are still prohibited.

In fact, Philippine educational institutions such as the University of the Philippines, De La Salle University, and Ateneo de Manila University have shortened their academic year even as the Department of Education is preparing to reopen classes in August using new modes of teaching and learning.

The online conference with speakers and participants joining from their homes in quarantine areas address the homeschooling option for Filipino parents who have increasingly shown interest in being the primary educator of their children at home amidst the pandemic.

One of the speakers at the conference is Dr. Mike Tan, UP Diliman’s Chancellor until March 2020, who has been a homeschooling dad for 5 years.

Dr. Mike Tan has been a homeschooling dad for 5 years. Screengrab from Homeschool Global Orientation video.

In a Homeschool Global video orientation, Dr. Tan talks about the advantages of homeschooling his child.

“In homeschooling, you don’t have the artificial divide of classroom equals education, and outside of classroom is free time. I would say, in homeschooling you are on life mode all the time and the education part is part of life.

“It’s seamless because it is at home. You’re setting your mind always ready to take something new,” said the homeschool dad who led the flagship campus of the Philippines’ premier state university that is known for its progressive ideals.

“We get the best advisers. And the times we do meet, quality time that’s given to us,” Tan adds about the homeschool program where he enrolled his son.

Dr. Michael Tan will speak on “Adapting Homeschooling to the New Normal” on May 14, 2020, at 8-9 pm at the Philippine Online Conference on Homeschooling Conference organized by home education provider Homeschool Global and the Homeschool Association of the Philippine Islands.

Check out Michael Tan’s talk at the Philippine Online Conference on Homeschooling here and SHARE WITH US in the comments below your questions and tips about homeschooling in the Philippines.

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