Current Home Education Related Issues
December 11, 2018
Bill 22 Threat Explained
A new analysis of Bill 22 from a pro-family perspective was recently published online. It provides the most important information necessary to understand the potential threat that Bill 22 poses to Alberta families. Home education is about family, so home educators should be aware of such threats. Bill 22 was recently passed by the Legislature, and it is important to know what the government is doing. Please read this insightful analysis at the Lethbridge Herald website.
December 4, 2018
Bill 24 Legal Challenge
Yesterday, the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) appeared before the Alberta Court of Appeal seeking an injunction "staying" the operation of certain provisions of Bill 24 until the Court rules on their constitutionality. During the proceedings, evidence was presented by the JCCF that current legislation involving gay-straight alliances (GSAs) puts some children at risk. This is the same legislation requiring private Christian schools (some of which provide home education programs) to allow GSAs or be defunded. An explanation of yesterday's court proceedings is provided by the Calgary Herald at this link.
November 26, 2018
New Threat to the Traditional Family
The NDP government has recently proposed Bill 22 which introduces gender identity ideology into child services legislation. This poses a potential threat to families in Alberta. Because home education is essentially about family, this matter should be of concern to home educators. Education Unlimited has created a web page explaining the implications of Bill 22. Please click here to learn more and take action.
November 26, 2018
Education Minister Renews Threat to Defund Private Schools
On November 14, Education Minister David Eggen announced that 28 private school authorities had not complied with his government’s demands to accept its gay-straight alliance (GSA) policy. Eggen stated that those schools must adopt policies indicating their willingness to accept GSAs, and post those policies on the homepages of their websites by June 30, 2019, or lose their government funding for the following school year. If that were to happen, home educators would no longer be able to register with the affected schools. Education Unlimited families would be negatively affected by such a move. However, the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) is challenging the government's attack on parental rights in court, so the outcome of this matter is not certain. For the JCCF's update on these developments, please click here.
October 19, 2018
American Radio Program Covers Threat to Freedom in Alberta
The radio arm of US-based WORLD magazine recently covered the danger to religious freedom posed by Alberta Education Minister David Eggen’s threats against private schools. Because many home educators register with private Christian schools, the possibility that those schools could lose their funding and accreditation could potentially affect thousands of students. As lawyer John Carpay says in this program, if you accept the removal of Christianity from anti-bullying policies, "what basis do you have for keeping your Christianity in any of your other policies?" Listen to this program or read the transcript at this link: A religious liberty fight in Canada.
October 6, 2018
Far Left Extremists Criticize Education Unlimited and Léo Gaumont
An Ontario-based Far Left organization recently published an online article attacking this year's National Home Education Conference and the groups sponsoring the event. Education Unlimited is one of the groups mentioned and its director, Léo Gaumont, is named in particular. This demonstrates that opponents of home education are noticing Education Unlimited and its work. While the article itself is disturbing, it is evidence that Education Unlimited is making a difference. You can read the article here.
September 26, 2018
Home Education Vital for Christians
Many home educators teach their children at home in order to provide consistently Christian education. They are right to do so. Government-provided education will deliberately limit or exclude Christian content altogether. A recent column by Pastor David MacKenzie provides further evidence that home education is the best choice for parents who want to avoid the government's non-Christian philosophy. This excellent column is available here: Scrubbing Christ from Christian Schools. Could it be that the government bullying of Christian organizations described in this article could be extended to other religious groups and Christian home educators in the future?
August 31, 2018
Education Minister Threatens to Defund Private Christian Schools
Education Minister David Eggen is threatening to withdraw public funding from private schools that refuse to implement new rules mandated by Bill 24. Many private Christian schools have not complied with those rules because doing so would violate basic Christian sexual ethics. As lawyer John Carpay states, “The government’s attempt to compel private schools to express the government’s views in their own policies seriously undermines the rights of these schools to have policies that respect the unique character of these independent schools.” Many home educators are registered with private Christian schools and could therefore be effected by the loss of funding. For further information, please read the article available at this link.
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