Convention 2017: Home Education: Education with a Purpose

Be concerned! Be very concerned!

Hi all,

I haven't been blogging lately in an attempt to have Patty Marler's information top and foremost on the AHEA Home Page.  BUT I wanted to encourage you to be very concerned about Bill 2 and to do something!  There is only a short while before it is law.  CONTINUE to pray for God to change hearts of those in government, but as well, write, email or phone your MLA (and other MLA's in Alberta) - use the information on the Home page of the AHEA website and do something NOW. 

Please share this with friends, family and more - I know people who are sending the information to their entire email address books....  Bill 2 will affect Christian, Catholic, and Charter Schools - as well, as Home Educating families.  Perhaps you have never done anything like this before.  Go to the Political Update page (button above) or to the Home Page (button on left top) - print off a couple of sheets - read information with your children - highlight the relevant points - reread so you feel confident and then DO something.  Once a bill is law - it is harder to change.  Do something NOW.  This will afftect our children and our grandchildren - if we don't do something now.

AND it sounds like there might be another rally called for Monday.  Watch for that information and attend with your family.  There needs to be a huge gathering.

MLA's confirm that Concerns Regarding Parental Freedom in Education are Valid

Our concerns regarding parental rights in the education of our children have proven valid.  MLA’s in the legislature made this very evident with their discussion and comments last night in the legislature (March 14, 2012).  Ms. Laurie Blakeman made several comments regarding parents' rights in education.  The Alberta Hansard has not yet been printed from the evening debate so I cannot quote directly, though I caught most of the words as they were stated. (exact wording will be quoted once the Hansard on the evening session is posted)  I noted these as I was surprised how openly our very concerns were stated in the legislature.

Ms. Blakeman:  (regarding education)  Who gets to make the final decision?  Outside of Education the parent has the right. When it comes to public education, we legislators make the policy that gives forth those decisions.  The citizenry makes the decision so we have a consistent standard.

Previously in the day the following comments were made as quoted from the Alberta Hansard. 

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Amended Bill 2 Preamble Statement

On Tues, March 13, 2012, Education Minister, Thomas Lukaszuk  introduced the following amendment to the Preamble of Bill 2 Education Act: This amendment was debated at length and passed on March 14. 
Whereas the Government of Alberta recognizes that parents have a right to choose the religious and ethical traditions in which their children are raised; that a child's education begins in the home; that parents play a foundational role in the moral and spiritual formation of their children; and that these principles are reflected in the commitment of the Government of Alberta to provide parents choice in education, including public schools, separate schools, francophone schools, charter schools, private schools and home education programs.
Changing the Preamble changes nothing.
The Preamble is like the introduction and has almost no power of law; the Articles of the Act, the body, hold the power.
The Minister didn't change the body of Bill 2.
An analogy:  The Minister has sent out a new, more flowery invitation to a dinner party but the meal is still inedible. Home educators and parents still cannot swallow this.

There is no indication that there will be an amendment to s.16 proposed by the PC government.

Please read the column that follows.  It appears in today's National Post and was written by Lorne Gunter  


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