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Blended Education Origins in Alberta

• Began in the early 1990’s

• Initial concept was that home educated students would attend school part of the time to benefit from equipment, instruction, and options that were not available at home

• Created by school boards for two principle reasons

1. Some families wanted a half-way position that would allow them keep control over a portion of student’s learning without the full responsibility of it all (and desired more access to funding per student)

2.  Some boards wanted an avenue to more directly influence the education of the students who were completely outside the system

• Development of Virtual On-line courses allows access to options while still in the home

• Direct financial advantage to a board having students enrolled in blended program ( see funding information)

• This leads to boards more actively pursuing families, by advertising monetary benefits

• Majority of program is school-delivered, following the Alberta Program of Studies, therefore students are legally considered to be public school students (see % of program that must be delivered by an Alberta Certified Teacher in ‘Definition’)

• Complete information often not ‘given to’ or ‘explained to’ families leads to many who do not make decisions based on all the facts.

• Alberta Education leaves it up to school boards to explain definition of options to families which does not happen

• Cases of families in blended programs being charged with truancy by their own boards and required to attend hearings of the provincial attendance board

• 2010, Misinformation continues to be prevalent throughout the home education community

 

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