Current Home Education Related Issues
September 19, 2019
No Right to Home Educate in Switzerland
Earlier this week, the Swiss Federal Court ruled that parents do not have a right to home educate their children. Each of Switzerland’s cantons (local government jurisdictions roughly similar to provinces) may permit home education or prohibit it, but the constitution does not create a right to home educate. A mother from Basel had argued that the ban on home education in her canton violated a constitutional right to privacy and family life but the court ruled otherwise. Further details can be found by clicking here.
June 10, 2019
Education Act to Replace School Act
On June 5, Alberta's new Education Minister, Adriana LaGrange, introduced Bill 8, The Education Amendment Act. The amended Education Act (originally passed in 2012 but never proclaimed) will replace the current School Act. Groups that support parental rights in education are encouraged by Bill 8, although some concerns remain. Importantly, private Christian schools will be given more flexibility in how to provide a safe learning environment for their students. These are the kinds of schools that many home educated students are registered with. For more information about Bill 8, please visit the Parents for Choice in Education Bill 8 webpage.
April 17, 2019
Jason Kenney Elected Premier of Alberta!
The United Conservative Party (UCP) won yesterday’s provincial election with a large majority, making Jason Kenney the Premier of Alberta. This is good news for all Albertans, but especially for Christian educators. The previous government proved to be hostile to private Christian schools and home educators in a number of instances. It is likely that Premier Kenney’s new government will be like a breath of fresh air for Alberta’s home educators because he has openly supported parental rights and educational choice. There will be a continued need for home educators to remain vigilant about government policies, but there is good reason to be optimistic for the future.
March 21, 2019
Important Election in Alberta!
On March 19, Premier Rachel Notley called a provincial election for April 16. The outcome of this election will have important consequences for home educators because the current NDP government is planning to defund all of the private Christian schools opposed to Bill 24, and many home educators are registered with those schools. Home educators should inform themselves about the parties' positions on education and vote accordingly. Parents for Choice in Education has produced a web page that is very helpful for this purpose and it can be viewed by clicking 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.
January 14, 2019
Tyrannical Anti-Homeschooling Law Upheld by European Court
Last Thursday, the European Court of Human Rights upheld the German government's authority to prohibit homeschooling and remove children from parents who teach their children at home. In 2013, Dirk and Petra Wunderlich had their children removed from their home for three weeks until they agreed to have the children attend school. Subsequent attempts by the family to home educate were also thwarted by the government. Details of this case are available from the Associated Press.
Education Unlimited keeps you updated on the latest issues related to home education in Alberta.