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Parents set course for homeschooling in pursuit of 'happy learning'

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 14 2019   /  12:40 am

Maria Magdalena decided early on that homeschooling was the best education she could give to her only son — a decision that has increasingly proved right amid the recent furore over the burden formal schools place on their students.

She and her husband, who live in Pluit, North Jakarta, decided to take the informal educational approach for their son, who is now 15. They employ a variety of learning methods to encourage his creativity and give him the freedom to pursue the subjects he is passionate about.

Maria said her son had never been enrolled at a formal school.

“In formal schools, my child would be preoccupied with the school’s requirements and strict schedule, whereas there are many subjects he doesn't like or finds boring. It was better that he used his time to explore his passions, talents and potential under the guidance of his parents who understand h...