Current Home Education Related Issues
November 13, 2017
Alberta’s NDP government has introduced Bill 24 which will amend the Alberta School Act to give the Minister of Education increased powers for imposing Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) policies on schools. Many Albertans are concerned that this bill involves a violation of parental rights in education. Those who share such concerns can learn more details about the bill and how to respond appropriately from the Parents for Choice in Education website. Although the bill has no direct affect upon home educators, it appears to undermine the concept of parental rights which is vital to home education.
October 12, 2017
Organizations Worth Supporting
If you are looking for an opportunity to be involved in defending parental rights, or would like to help financially, here are a couple of organizations we suggest you look into:
Parents for Choice in Education is an activist group that encourages citizens to be involved in the political process to defend educational freedom. We hold this organization in very high regard and believe it is worthy of support, including financial support. Donations to Parents for Choice in Education can be made here.
The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms is doing vital work for the preservation of religious freedom and parental rights in Canada. We believe it to be the most important legal defence organization in the country. Please consider financially supporting the Justice Centre. Donations can be made here.
The legality of home education is rooted in parental rights, so the work of these two organizations is needed by the home education community.
October 3, 2017
AHEA Review Committee
The Alberta Home Education Association (AHEA) has created a Review Committee to gather input from its members on the "values, philosophy, objects, bylaws, articles, and major policy documents" of the organization. The Committee consists of three long-time AHEA members. For more information about the review process and to participate in it, please consult the AHEA Review Committee website. Please also note that the Committee must report its findings to the AHEA board by November 1 so there is not much time left to make your views known.
June 15, 2017
Public School Board Censors Bible Verses
The Battle River School Division, a public school board, has asked its alternative Christian school to delete certain Bible verses from the school's handbook. The board believes that those verses (1 Corinthians 6:9-11 and Galatians 5: 19-24) may violate Alberta's human rights legislation. For further information, please read the story available here. This controversy is important for home educators because it provides clear evidence that some of Alberta's public education authorities are hostile to biblical Christianity.
January 25, 2017
New Article About the Current State of the Home Education Community in Alberta
Léo Gaumont, the founder of Education Unlimited, has written an article about the current state of the home education community in Alberta and how it may have contributed to the recent government attempt to close down Trinity Christian School and its associated home education provider, Wisdom Home Schooling. The article describes how an unhealthy desire for government money has led many home educators away from their original vision for home education. As well, it explains the rise of a "home education industry" based on government funding. The article can be read here.
Education Unlimited keeps you updated on the latest issues related to home education in Alberta.