– from Dana Tautuan, mother of former EC2 Early Starter Program student Shelby.
“So proud of you baby. I know what you’re capable of doing and I know for a fact that you’d do great things. We’ll always believe in you. Keep it up.
Thank you EC2 for showing tiffany of all the possibilities and oppotunities for her to grow and also to your guidance and amazing teaching skills. We know we made the right choice of leaving her in your school. Appreciate it.”
– Justin Klyd Valencia, father of EC2 pre-K student Tiffany
“Now I can see (my son BJ’s) confidence developing, his social skills…. in our house, the nannies are speaking Bisaya… in ECEC, BJ really developed his English language proficiency.”
– Rina Joy Taboada-Canada, mother of EC2 pioneer student BJ.
“My name is Noelle, and my son is Ethan Edison and he’s 4 years old. He has autism. Before he enrolled in EC2, he kind of lives in his own world. But now, after having been there for over half a year, he can speak simple sentences and his motor skills have improved a lot, and he notices his surroundings a lot more now.”
– Noelle Barcenilla
“I think the kids now, they need a school like EC2.”
– Maureen Montera, mother of EC2 pioneer student Mikee.
Freeman Lifestyle Section Article about EC2
Exceptionally passionate about giftedness
By Maria Eleanor E. Valeros | Updated April 14, 2012 – 12:00am
CEBU, Philippines – Teacher Ray Nobleza grew up listening to a particular fable – The Rabbit and the Turtle. We all know what happened to the slow but determined turtle. But nobody dared ask whatever happened to the rabbit.
“Eventually, when the fast is overtaken by the slow, they grew up to be alcoholics and ended up in rehab,” Teacher Ray pointed this out as a funny but logical way of assessing situations that beset exceptionally bright young minds when treated otherwise as behavioral concerns.
“Let me cite the case of one student referred to us by his family’s psychiatrist. He was tagged a mischievous boy for getting into trouble in school. His teachers gave up on him. He was labeled to have behavioral problems. But it turned out he was exceptionally brilliant in Math. He was just bored with repetitive classroom instructions and would want to channel his energy somewhere. That explains the rages,” Teacher Ray stressed.
He further pointed out that children of the same wavelength are also considered special. “Ang akala kasi natin ang special education ay para lang sa mga visually impaired or hearing impaired or the intellectually disabled, but even exceptional and gifted kids should get a special education. They are future leaders. The potential can best be harnessed with individualized right learning and experiental methodology.”
For example, when a preschooler asked him about weightlessness, he finds it impossible to explain thoroughly to a curious child inside a room that’s controlled by gravity. So last December 2012, Ec2 students learned astronomy, weightlessness, magnetism, geophysics and other scientific concepts at the Macau Science Center – the nearest in Asia where the children could try what it’s like to float on space.
“Wala ka nang dapat i-explain, kasi na-experience na nila. Mas madaling maintindihan bakit nag-fo-float ang mga astronauts,” he added.