Dessiree Martinez teaches primary and secondary. Her students are her daughters. Only his daughters. Two years ago , she and her husband decided to take over the education of girls , who currently have 11 and 14 , and impart lessons at home.
One of several factors that led to this decision was the desire to give more space to extracurricular activities – you ever had to spend less time loading tasks , and to give them the opportunity to lead a more personalized education and the growing insecurity in Monterrey schools , threatened by organized crime .
Neither the third article of the Mexican Constitution , which speaks of compulsory education – or the Education Act is talk that children must attend a school for education . Given this legal vacuum , the Martinez family decided to ” gamble ” and prove the basic education of their daughters with examinations of the National Institute for Adult Education (INEA ) .
This scheme is also frequently used by students in schools with a foreign curriculum not validates the Secretariat of Public Education ( SEP) : interested students presented in INEA request to accredit their primary or secondary , the INEA gives them the materials to be produced and assigns a date for the exam.
Martinez educate their daughters based on a mixture of materials and INEA a U.S. school that supports homeschooling families .
“If they want to go to college , they could if they have a certificate , they are complicated , so what we did is that here in Mexico , through the INEA , there is help for children validate their studies or through schools United States to help us with the curriculum they dictate ( … ) we make planning all year , they are sent to them and end up with papers, photographs, videos, tests could hacerseles the kids create their transcript of the entire year, “said Martinez.
Asked SEP CNNMexico statistics on children studying at home in Mexico , but no one was available to provide information .
On the Internet , dozens of blogs invite other parents to practice home schooling and educational guide to overcoming some challenges. One is the Learn with wings , who founded Laura Castellanos , a professor of musical language and literacy to educate their daughters ages 5 and 9 community. In his blog , share your experiences.
Martinez also has a community called Family Tribe , seeking to guide other parents and give each other advice on the best methods of teaching.
” It came exactly two years ago to talk about how we were educating girls , for dads who start , and were complementing , speaking respectfully parenting and home schooling , among other things. We started to give talks via the Internet to give other parents the information we have with our experience , “he says .
The disadvantages ? Worth ?
” There are many benefits of individualized education because you can go at your pace , because you can delve into the issues that matter most , because you can move from the interest of the children, the projects they are developing , their concern about certain issues and get to know too of course serves to go consolidating autonomy on self-learning , “he said in an interview Marco Antonio Delgado Fuentes, specialist and Early Childhood Education and Coordinator of Inter Doctorate in Education from the Universidad Iberoamericana.
However, he warns that to get home schooling , parents should have knowledge of different teaching methods.
One drawback could be the lack of social spaces , as some children receiving no formal education do not attend school regularly places where they can meet other children their age , says academic .
Although Martinez ‘s daughters take English classes daily and archery training , allowing them to socialize with children his age , to Patricia Bermudez Lozano , an academic at the School of Psychology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM ) , the ideal for the formation of the personality of the child is attending a school and living with other children on a regular basis . This becomes even more important if parents do not have resources to pay for extracurricular classes.
” Yes there needs to be a coexistence and cooperation, to collaborate and interact with other peers , because the more we can share knowledge and stimulate discussion , reflection and exchange of ideas, it is obviously going to be much better,” explains Bermudez.
Home schooling is a challenge not only for children , Bermudez said, but also for parents to be fully devoted to the education of their children and commit to not only educate them to pass exams, but to instill some discipline they help in their working lives in the future. Notes that in this sense, not all parents have a suitable personality to educate their children at home, a factor to be taken into account before making the decision to remove the children from school .
” Habemos some (parents or relatives) who are certainly very scattered , we have no plan and organize our own time and then when we want to make someone else responsible , for that same feature does not suit us ,” says Delgado, and adds that while parents who choose to educate their children at home must not have specific characteristics, it is important to know what parts of your personality can use to benefit their children.
” Not all people are equal and there is a lot of diversity of personalities among teachers, but what you would expect from a good teacher preparation is to learn to know what are the strengths and personality are so use them for learning students “he says.
Martinez believes that home schooling can enhance skills in children than in a traditional system would be impossible. For his daughters , one of them is in the Talent Program of SEP and every Saturday is a special group that takes a program in mathematics and physics high performance to compete in the Olympics of Knowledge. The other recently exhibited his paintings at the Art Gallery of Nuevo Le0n.
Given the experience with his first two daughters , who considered successful and better than in a traditional school , the 36-year regiomontana educate her two and a half years alone at home and no longer a prior period schooled in a system as it did with girls 11 and 14 .
“What we want is to give them tools that really in the future, we do not know how it is to be, will be useful for them as human beings to develop,” he says.
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