As of this writing, Alberta is experiencing a hot and dry spring.
Forest fires have caused the current evacuation of Fort McMurray and other areas are in danger.
We ask all Alberta home educators to join us in prayer for the protection and safety of all Albertans and for those fighting the fires.
AHEA would like to thank all Alberta home educators and parents for their quick and vocal response to the NDP amendment to the recent private member's motion moved by PC leader Ric McIver.
The original motion passed unanimously in the legislature on Monday.
Although this is good news – and the parental response noted earlier was even better news - it should be noted that the wording of the original motion ("allowing parents to choose") is not as strong as it could be.
Parents have the prior right to choose the education of their children, and that is not something "allowed" by government but something that is a God-given right.
On December 16th 2015 and again on March 28th 2016 (see Political Updates) AHEA informed its members that, in response to a plan by Alberta Education bureaucrats to impose standardized testing on home educated students, we made a strong statement to Minister Eggen that no new assessment was required.
The minister had indicated that he needed to report on the money being spent on home education.
His department wanted standardized testing. AHEA advised the minister that the information he needed was contained in the evaluations already being done by home educating parents with their facilitators.
Parents write the education plan for their children, and parents – usually on a daily basis – evaluate their children anecdotally: "my son/daughter is meeting expectations in this area, not quite meeting expectations in that area, and far exceeding expectations in these other areas".
Our proposal was simply to use this information – 'progress based on the plan', a concept discussed openly by all administrators and facilitators who attended the December Networks North meeting –from assessments already being done by parents and to which the Minister already has access, and organize it.
That was our statement to the Minister: "no new evaluation".
Despite misinformation being spread and confusion being sown to the contrary, that was our position then and remains our position today.
AHEA has not compromised on that nor would we ever.
Please keep an eye on this website for exciting news, coming soon, about speakers at our 2017 convention.
Blessings on all Alberta families.
It has been a busy year for AHEA. AHEA tries very hard to communicate with home educators via the AHEA website, Support Groups and Facebook.
Patty Marler and I spent an afternoon together in early March where we went through the website, page by page. We asked our Webmaster to move and update pages – to make items easier to find and to update the Website. Please take some time to check the AHEA website out and watch for new content.
The Support Groups List on the website has been updated in 2016, as well.
As the moderator of the AHEA Page on Facebook, I try really hard to keep it a positive, encouraging page for Home Educators. Part of AHEA’s purpose is to support and encourage Home Schooler’s in Alberta. The Facebook Page is about two years old and has close to 1500 members.
If you want to join (or know of someone) our Facebook Page, please watch for a private message from me. I check out every potential member before approving them. This is because in the past politicians, salesmen, reporters AND spammers have tried to join. AHEA wants their Facebook Page to be a safe and encouraging place for Home Educators.
After joining, I encourage everyone to read the Page Description (on the upper right hand side of the page) so that they are familiar with the Page Rules. The basic page rules are:
- To post respectfully and thoughtfully
- No Sale Posts. These will be removed without warning. These work better on the Support Group email lists or Facebook Pages for individual areas.
- No advertising of events for specific areas as well. If everyone was to post for sale or advertising events, it would be hard for anyone to see the other posts. AHEA’s Facebook Page is a Provincial Page, with home educators from all over the Province. Posts need to reflect that fact.
The Page Description also has a reminder that AHEA supports Parent Directed Home Schooling in Alberta. Not every discussion about funding or home schooling in Alberta belongs on the AHEA page.
There is also a reminder that all links are not endorsed by the AHEA Board. There are many links that are Christian in nature, but there are also links that are secular. Click on the links that you wish to read.
At the very bottom of the Page Description, there is a link to the AHEA Pinterest Boards. Many of the links shared will end up on these Pinterest Boards, to help clean up the Facebook Page and to make it easier for home educators to find the links that have been shared. *The AHEA Pinterest Boards are NEW for 2016.
I do appreciate every Home Educator who post and comment positively and make this community a better place for everyone. Facebook was a new venture for AHEA two years ago, but has proven to be a great tool in getting political information out to Home Educators in Alberta, as well as encouraging and supporting Home Schooling parents.
- Government Liaison Political Update - AGM - April 9, 2016
- Financial 'Clawbacks'
- 2016 Convention Success
- Minister Eggen's Office Confirms No Policy Change
- Letter to the Minister on 3 Issues
- On Government Guidelines and Bill 10
- Graduation Completion Ceremony at the AHEA Convention 2017
- Come to the 2016 Convention!
- Potential Changes, and a Chance to Review
- Keynote Speakers 2016 Affirmation
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