Tobago and Trinidad Schooling Home
I just finished watching the morning news show on TV and they had a 13 years old girl as a guest. Her name is Choc'late Allen and she is the daughter of former Soca entertainer Kurt Allen. At age of 13 she is the CEO of Caribbean Vizion, the goals of the group are pursued through what she calls educulture. Educulture is the creative use of the cultural arts that motivates and inspires students to achieve both academic and artistic success thereby developing a relationship between education and culture. A great idea for kids who are not as good in the "traditional" subjects but the system pushes them aside as outcasts.
Of course, the most important part in the interview is that she mentioned she is homeschooled by private tutor Valencia Andrews and is supervised by retired school principal, Elton Nelson. She handled the questions very well when the two journalists (as most Trinidadians) put a little pressure on the issue of homeschooling and the myths associated with it. She disregarded all the myths and said that when a child is homeschooled, you ensure the child gets the proper education without getting lost.
Her parents said that they do not have to worry about her getting drug offers by peers at school (and let me add, being "touched", ask to get naked, etc..I have seen it for both boys and girls!)
I wish Trinidadians can be more open minded about Homeschooling, I get frowns, stares and silence when I mention I homeschooled my son and plan to homeschooled the others. They look at you like if you are a weirdo or even an abuser. The myth that Education can only be obtained at a school building needs to change.
Edited: LDS_forever on 11th Dec, 2006 - 12:28pm