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An invitation from the President of AHEA to our 2014 convention:

I am obviously a man of strong convictions, and I have laid out some of those convictions clearly in my editorials in the past 2 issues of Home Matters magazine.

As stated in the magazine, these are my opinions and not those necessarily held by the board of even AHEA as a whole.I have attempted to make that clear.


I firmly believe that parents have the God given authority to home educate, and this right is recognized by Section 32 of Alberta's Education Act:

  1. A parent has the prior right to choose the kind of education

that shall be provided to the parent’s child, and as a partner in

education, has the responsibility to

(a) act as the primary guide and decision-maker with respect to

the child’s education,


The specifics of how each parent home educates areup to that parent or set of parents.

Home education that is parent-directed and parent-delivered, as outlined in the Home Education Regulation,can take many forms.


AHEA represents home educators regardless of how they choose to home educate.

So that means you don't have to agree with me or with AHEA. There will always be differing opinions on everything from what curricula to use, to what methodology and philosophy to follow. That is the beauty of AHEA, we are here for everyone, and everyone has the God given right to their opinion. We don’t have to agree on everything and sometimes we will have to agree to disagree.

At our convention you will hear a variety ofstrong convictions from a variety of speakers, people who are not afraid to speak up for what they believe in.
You mayagree with some,be surprised or even challenged by others,and some you won’t agree with. No matter what background you come from,you will be welcomed and supported in your role as a parent and as a home educator.


Please come and join us April 11th and 12th in Red Deer.

I guarantee, you will be among friends…

Chris Rogers,

President, AHEA
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AHEA Presents Reverend Joe Boot: The Christian Mandate to Educate

Joe Boot Poster

 

 

AHEA is pleased to announce that Rev. Joe Boot of the Ezra Institute in Toronto will be speaking on the Christian Mandate to Educate.  Rev. Boot spoke at the Home School Legal Defence Association Convention in Montreal in September, 2013 and is an excellent orator and supporter of home education.

When: 7:30 pm Saturday, February 8, 2014

Where:
Lister Hall/Centre, Wildrose Room
University of Alberta Campus
11604 - 87 Avenue, NW
Edmonton, AB

Cost: $5 per person, to a maximum of $10 per family

AHEA would like to thank the Christian Medical and Dental Association for the generous use of their venue.

Revisions to Draft Survey Analysis Assured

The concerns by AHEA - specifically by AHEA's Government Liaison, Patty Marler - resulted in a teleconference meeting today between AHEA representatives and two senior Alberta Education administrators (including one who is a statistics expert).

AHEA's concern was primarily that the opinions of home educators were being disregarded (as was apparent in the first draft of the online survey results).

After reviewing Patty's analysis and recalculations, Alberta Education will be doing a complete revision of the survey results in six of the online questions (the home education question and five others with similar wording).

AHEA will have an opportunity to view the next draft of the survey results, likely in mid-January.

It was clear that home educators formed the largest group of respondents, and the Alberta Education representatives stated their goal to accurately reflect those responses.

One of the representatives summed up home educator responses in these terms: "Home educators responded in large numbers and were very expressive, writing from the heart.  They were polite, optimistic, passionate, informed, thoughtful, articulate, and respectful of the process".

Home educators have clearly and vocally expressed their views.  But it is still the political will that will ultimately determine the wording of regulations.

Keeping that in mind, please continue to pray - that God's Will be done and especially that Jeff Johnson remains Education Minister through this process - and to stay involved.

The easiest way to stay involved at this time of year would be a Christmas card - to your MLA and to the Education Minister too.

Thank you

Paul van den Bosch

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