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The Heartbeat of Education Unlimited (Part 4)

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Alright, now that I have allowed my passion respecting the plight of home education in this province to overflow, let me provide you with a few more advantages to being associated with us at Education Unlimited.

We operate using a digital management system that is simply unrivalled by our competitors. The system we have invented provides secure 24/7 access to all of the pertinent information as well as what is needed to fulfill all requirements, giving parents maximum control and maximum help with a minimum of effort.

Parents can use our system to complete their program planning and evaluations online. They can also create transcripts for recording their children’s educational achievements in a document that has been accepted at most post-secondary institutions.
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The Heartbeat of Education Unlimited (Part 3)

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Now, you can be forgiven for being a bit overwhelmed regarding what to do about your home education affiliations, for it is a rather confused system that we have here in Alberta.

Home Education in Alberta is complicated by the fact that there is funding associated with it and as a consequence, there is far too much competition, marketing and misinformation, more designed to prioritize “winning your allegiance” than helping you with your program.

To help you gain clarity, I would like to make you aware of some important facts you should consider before making that all-important decision as to who you chose to be your guides and helpers in your home education journey.
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The Heartbeat of Education Unlimited (Part 2)

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By the mid-1990s, we had become unschoolers, not because it was trendy, as most home educators of that era simply desired to outperform their local school, but because it was the only way we could respect the individuality of each of our children as well as the uniqueness of our family. We had broken free from the school mould.

This discovery not only benefitted our children at home, but applying what I was learning through my home educating experience to my classroom, greatly improved my students’ situation as well. In other words, not doing school at school greatly benefitted my classroom students also.

I changed my classroom persona from being a “teacher” to being a “mentor.” This made such a tremendous difference that I became known as the one who could cause my students to think. While I should have been honoured by this, I was actually saddened as I believed I was doing nothing more than what should have been expected of all teachers.
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The Heartbeat of Education Unlimited (Part 1)

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Faye and I started Education Unlimited in 1999, as a home educating couple wanting to help and encourage other home educating parents.

It has since grown to include a wonderful group of like-minded individuals, including facilitators, managers and assistants who share the vision and direction of this ministry. It has also come to include a large number of parents seeking true freedom in educating their children.

My own professional education journey started over forty years ago. It took me through 25 years of classroom teaching in two provinces, in two languages within private, separate and public schools.

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Introduction to the 2019-20 Academic Year

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What a difference a day makes! Twenty-four little hours!

These two sentences are actually the first two lines in an old song originally popularized by Dinah Washington in the late 1950s. Although the song was about how one’s life can suddenly be much improved with a positive event, we all know life can also deal us events and issues that can be more of a disastrous nature.

Alberta home educators should have been collectively singing that song on the morning of April 17, 2019. What a difference a day made! Twenty-four little hours saw the removal of an anti-Christian government that essentially thought it was far wiser than parents. Twenty-four little hours moved Education Unlimited from threatened extinction to being given at least another year to live.
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Goodbye! (June 2019)

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Some bloggers do their blogging in real time. That is, a particular week’s entry was created that week and so is usually representative of the most current events. In my case, due to the complexity of having to juggle a lot of things and people to make this work, blogs are usually created in advance.

This means that something could have occurred after the blog was completed that renders it, well, out of touch with the reality of a particular moment. This is usually not the case here as most topics covered in the blogs are not time sensitive, but this one is.

Goodbye can mean a lot of things, like “see you after work” or to end a phone conversation. It can also mean “buzz off” or “I don’t love you anymore” (a rather juvenile way of saying “I have decided that you are no longer important to me” or “my needs are more important than yours”).
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Streaming In Schools: Opinions (Part 6)

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I would like to say that my disagreeing with an article happens on occasion, but that would be untrue. I disagree with most articles I read in papers, journals and magazines. I try to limit my reading to media that reflects my worldview, but Christianity is now in disrepute because its enemies, while claiming the moral high ground, have said so.

Moral high ground, eh? The problem is, there cannot be a high, or low ground for that matter, when the basis for such does not exist.

Simply put, moral relativists immediately contradict themselves when they claim there is no such thing as right and wrong when they uncritically claim that their statement is indeed true and right. It is not morality that these lost souls are debating, but the essence of God.
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My Opinion on RESPs: Opinions (Part 5)

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Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs) are…great… maybe… if everything goes according to plan. That is, if parents believe that college is the ultimate educational goal for everyone (and it isn’t) and can predict with certainly what a child will ultimately do in life (which is highly unlikely), RESPs could be a good thing.

Indeed, good accountants will advise their clients to look into RESPs, but usually as a last resort to tax saving strategies that include better instruments such as Tax Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs) and Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs) designed to reduce tax liabilities.

However, in my opinion, the best way to reduce this tax liability is to have lots of children! This is a simple strategy since having more children, besides bringing in more blessings, usually results in less taxable income!
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What Matters Most In Life: Opinions (Part 4)

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Last week, we had an opportunity to discuss how one can communicate very effectively with very few words. I am sure the irony of me, a rather verbose individual, speaking about not needing many words to effectively communicate, was not lost on you!

A very good example of clearly communicating a very deep concept with very few words is found in the First Epistle of John.

The Apostle John had been a part of Jesus’ inner circle where he had listened, questioned and learned. Not only had he witnessed the life, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, but he was among the last to have seen Him before His ascension.
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Too Many Words! Opinions (Part 3)

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The screaming was enough to make your blood curdle! Our young daughter was in a state of sheer terror! My wife and I burst into the room, not knowing what to expect, but the anxiety level was very high.

We were relieved to see that what had caused all the ruckus, was a moth which had come close to my daughter as she lay in her bed. That was easily solved with a single blow, ending the life of the intruder, but everyone’s heart was still pounding.

That is, everyone except our youngest child. Our daughter’s two year old brother was sitting straight up in his crib, bewildered by all the fuss. He looked up to us with those big brown eyes of his and simply said “bug.”
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