“Success” has not been legislated

“Success” has not been legislated
“Success” has not been legislated

Yara Saad wrote in the news:

While the students and their families lived two years of “suffering”, the homeschooled students escaped from the “consequences” of distance education and its impact on their educational path. These people, even before the Corona pandemic, used to study at home with their parents or one of them. However, the “efficacy” of home education is not limited to the last two years. The experiments of “Home Schooling” in Lebanon in general, proved its success through the results of the students, “which were not less than the level of the results of schoolchildren, but at the same level or better. Some of them achieved first ranks. In official exams, along with different skills,” according to researcher and educational and administrative specialist Ali Nazir.

One mother, who declined to give her name, started homeschooling her three children 18 years ago, while they were taking their semester exams at a private school to get them certified. Her eldest son “experienced, so the school exempted him from the end-of-year exam, and he also ranked fifth in the official exams, and received an excelling scholarship at the university.” The mother indicates that her children did not need “more than an hour and a half a day for lessons in the first and second cycles, and 4 hours for the third and fourth,” which allowed them to “develop their talents and enjoy their hobbies. It made them get used to everyday things such as buying things, doing housework and completing official transactions. In the country, it is the opposite of a schoolboy who drowns in lessons all day.”

However, this type of education is not legislated or recognized, and it is not subject to follow-up and regulation by the concerned authorities in the state, although it is legislated in different countries around the world, and the percentage of parents who voluntarily choose it is increasing day by day. Some believe that “it is not necessary to put the child in the wheel of tight cultural stereotyping that works for the purposes of public policies, according to a plan linked to long-term economic goals and perhaps political,” says Maryam Raad, a lecturer at the Faculty of Education at the Lebanese University, “and for this reason it was legislated. in Europe and the West in general.
As for the reasons for not legalizing it in Lebanon, Nadhr mentions that home education requires specific curricula, a well-defined mechanism, and a special method of follow-up and evaluation. In addition to the lack of coordination between ministries with regard to school education, and the absence of an official census of students, in terms of knowing the exact number of school dropouts.”

Home education needs an “educational mentality that accepts it,” says Representative Edgar Traboulsi, a member of the Parliamentary Education Committee, “while the United States and other countries have recognized it for decades, we have not been able in Lebanon to switch to digital or distance education,” adding that he proposed The idea is in discussion to legislate distance education, but it was not a basic idea, and it has not taken its course to legislation yet, knowing that this is “without it great difficulties.” Traboulsi expressed his interest in communicating with the people and specialists in order to develop the idea and turn it into a law proposal.

While some believe that there is a need to legislate home education in Lebanon, especially in light of the current circumstances, and what can save parents from transportation costs to and from school, early childhood specialist Fadia Hoteit believes that “the urgent and most important is to secure formal education that provides appropriate conditions.” It gives all children equal opportunities. In public education, the state can monitor and, through children, reach families, and introduce new values ​​that we need, such as citizenship, especially in a fragmented society like the Lebanese society.” Hoteit does not recommend home education, “although early childhood can be tolerated if the general conditions are appropriate, but educationally we prefer that students, especially in the kindergarten stage in school, mix with their peers in a safe, welcoming, open and wide atmosphere”, because there are many opportunities which is not secured by learning at home. “The family may be traditional and its mind is rigid, so the child learns negative values. Therefore, we have a risk that the child will remain in a closed environment, not knowing the other and seeing him as alien and hated.”

Source: the news

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