Current Home Education Related Issues
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.
April 25, 2017
Important Presentation on Parental Rights
On April 21, John Carpay, a lawyer with the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, delivered a presentation on current issues involving parental rights in education in Alberta. This highly informative presentation is available for viewing here and would be beneficial for anyone in the province concerned about the education of children. Parental rights are essential for parents who want to home educate their children, and John Carpay is a preeminent defender of parental rights.
March 27, 2017
Ministerial Order Issued to IBCES
On March 23 Minister of Education David Eggen issued a Ministerial Order demanding that the Independent Baptist Christian Education Society (IBCES) adopt a policy allowing the formation of Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) clubs within its schools (Harvest Baptist Academy and Meadows Baptist Academy). He also released the report of an inquiry he had commissioned on this matter. However, the lawyer representing IBCES, John Carpay of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, was subsequently quoted by the Edmonton Journal as saying, "The minister’s order changes nothing, because the school is already in compliance with the legislation." As a result, no court action appears to be imminent. This matter is important to home educators because Harvest Baptist Academy is responsible for about 1200 home educating students in Alberta.
March 16, 2017
New 2017 Alberta Budget Includes Continued Private School Funding
Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci released the government's Fiscal Plan 2017-2020 today. On page 16 this document states: "There is $263 million budgeted in 2017-18 to support about 100 accredited-funded private schools and almost 100 private operators that provide Early Childhood Services programs." Page 16 also includes a chart anticipating government expenditures of $268 million in 2018-2019 and $275 million in 2019-2020 for private school funding. This seems to suggest that the Alberta government is planning to maintain private school funding at current levels. For now, at least, home educators will be able to continue registering with private schools as before.
March 14, 2017
A Disturbing Government-funded Website
Theresa Ng, a former teacher and prominent parents' rights activist, has discovered that the Alberta government is funding a "website directing K-12 kids to sexually graphic content." Many parents will undoubtedly find this information to be disturbing and even outrageous. However, it reinforces the argument for keeping children out of schools and educating them at home. Because the information is so graphic, we are not providing a link to Theresa Ng's blog post on this matter. Those who would like to see the evidence for themselves can find her blog by searching for "informed Albertans" on Google.
January 26, 2017
Pro-Family Stalwart Ted Byfield Creates Blog to Monitor Curriculum Revamp
Ted Byfield, the founder of Alberta Report magazine and editor of the Christian History Series, has begun writing a blog about Alberta's curriculum overhaul. All Albertans concerned about the education of their children will benefit from the content of this blog. It can be read here.
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.
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