Your Help Needed: Positive Political Contact
AHEA has been working hard to meet with many of Alberta’s new MLAs including the Education Minister, the Honourable David Eggen.
Our meeting with Minister Eggen has been postponed until after the fall sitting of the legislature so AHEA needs your help.
At this time it is crucial that Minister Eggen and other MLAs know that home education is a successful educational option for Alberta families. The Education Act and related regulations are currently being reviewed by Minister Eggen and the NDP government, and it is important for MLAs to know of our support for the freedom to home educate in Alberta.
AHEA is thus encouraging home educators to write to their MLAs to let them know how thankful we are that Alberta recognizes home education as a legitimate educational option.
Please write to your own MLA with a cc to Education Minister Eggen (
) (Click here to find your MLA and their contact information). We encourage you to tell them the following, in your own words:
- Home education is a very successful form of education, with standardized test results placing the average home educator's score in the 80th percentile.
- Home education allows for specialized learning environments and methods which are tailored to individual student needs.
- Home Education is best supported by organizations that focus solely on supervising home education: Independent Contracted Home Education Specialists (ICHES).
- The framework developed under Inspiring Education, a project which has received the feedback of thousands of Albertans over the past 7 years, is one which closely parallels home education methods, philosophies and desired outcomes. Inspiring Education principles are supported by AHEA, and many home educators already adhere to these very principles.
- Recent research by the Fraser Institute outlines the growth in home education to many demographics, indicating a great diversity within the home education population. Home education has become a mainstream part of the educational milieu.
These positive letters will assist in portraying the success home education is in Alberta and will help to display the positive impact home education has in our province.
Please write your emails this week.
Alberta Home Education Association