Current Home Education Related Issues
May 11, 2021
Recent Events Confirm Home Education to be the Best Choice
Home education looks better all the time. Recent government actions should encourage home educating parents that they have made the right choice for their children. In Alberta, schools have been repeatedly closed and opened and closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, causing many inconveniences to families with children in school. See, for example, this news story: New Alberta COVID-19 restrictions to move schools online, close patios and limit outdoor gatherings to 5. In addition, some public schools are encouraging students to embrace the new gender ideology: Trudeau government funds online ‘Gegi' project for K-12 youth to explore trans identity. Home educators can be thankful and take comfort knowing that they avoid these kinds of problems.
January 29, 2021
New COVID-19 Rules for Home Educators
Alberta Education has released new rules indicating what home educating families are permitted to do under the COVID-19 lockdown. Most significantly, home educating families are allowed to join with other families for group activities outside of their homes, in places such as community halls or rental facilities. All of the other required COVID-19 health measures are still in force. For complete details, please click this link for the Home education update.
January 18, 2021
Canada Has a Literacy Problem
According to a recent CBC Radio report, Canada has a literacy problem. Despite nearly universal public schooling, CBC cites a 2013 assessment as showing that, "one in six adult Canadians fell short of passing the most basic set of literacy tests." Although the report tries to absolve the schools of any responsibility for this problem, it nevertheless makes one wonder about the effectiveness of schooling. For the complete story, click here.
November 9, 2020
New "Notification Only" Option for Home Educators
Beginning this school year, home educating parents in Alberta have a new option known as "Notification Only". In this case, parents notify that they are home educating directly with the Department of Education rather than through a school. This option is portrayed by its proponents as providing parents with more freedom. But is that really the case? Education Unlimited's director, Léo Gaumont, has prepared an analysis of "Notification Only" demonstrating that, compared to other options, it does not really provide more freedom or benefit home educating parents at all. Please read his incisive analysis here: A Critique of “Notification Only”. To see the Notification Only form with the most concerning parts highlighted, please click here.
January 17, 2019
Education Unlimited has just released a paper explaining how home educators are affected by Bill 24, An Act to Support Gay-Straight Alliances. Home educators are not directly affected by this legislation, but they need to consider whether or not the schools they register with have compromised the Christian faith by complying with it. This paper, Bill 24 and the Alberta Home Educator, will help home educators think through the issues involved so that they can make an informed decision. Click here to read this paper.
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