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Action Required Regarding the Upcoming Education Act

AHEA has confirmed that the Education Act will be reintroduced into the legislature in the fall sitting. The PC government caucus will be meeting on Wednesday, September 5 to make key decisions, one of them being if the AHRA will be embedded into the Education Act. While home schoolers have done a significant amount of work already, it is urgent that we act again, prior to Wednesday, September 5, 2012.
Please contacting your MLA directly or writing a letter/e-mail. In the letter to your MLA, please consider including the following points:
 
  • We are aware that the Education Act will be reintroduced this fall
  • We want all references to the Alberta Human Rights Act to be removed from the Education Act
  • We take human rights very seriously and teach respect, consideration for all people, and individual human rights. We believe that hate crimes need to be addressed, and the Federal Criminal Code legislation is the appropriate place to deal with these serious offenses. Embedding the Alberta Human Rights Act into the Education Act is NOT the appropriate place to do this.
  • The Alberta Human Rights Act is an over-arching legislation. The imbedding of this and any other legislation into the Education Act is redundant, unnecessary and inappropriate.
Recommended wording to for the Respect clause:
 
Respect 16
Education programs offered and instructional materials used in schools must not promote or foster doctrines of racial or ethnic superiority or persecution, religious intolerance or persecution, social change through violent action or disobedience of laws. (this clause is virtually identical to the second half of the previous section as it was written in the old Schools Act)
 
  • Parents’ Paramount Rights in the education of their children needs to be clearly stated so the integrity of freedom in this province is preserved and maintained.
  • The reference to “informed decisions” by parents is alarming and offensive.  This term is used in the legal and medical fields to require a party with superior knowledge/expertise to act in a fiduciary capacity to advise clients and ‘seek their instruction’ toward advocating on a client’s behalf.  This type of language implies that parents are NOT foremost in autonomy or authority, but needing advice from a ‘superior authority’ with more advanced knowledge or expertise in order to make decisions about their children’s education.   Again, this is alarming and offensive in the realm of parental authority in education.
 
Please contact your MLA this week as the government caucus is meeting on Wednesday September 5, 2012 to make key decisions.
 
Please send letters/e-mails to:
  • your MLA
  • cc copies to :
    Premier Redford This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
    Deputy Premier Lukaszuk  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
    Education Minister Jeff Johnson This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Have you done some Home School planning?

I just hosted a Home School Support Group meeting this week, and one of the questions was:

What is your best Home School planning tip?

Smile - One mom shared her best tip would be to plan BEFORE the AHEA Convention in Red Deer.  She plans her next year before the April Convention and then buys what she needs there.  (She is our high energy, go getter mom, however!  The rest of us usually do our home school planning sometime in the summer, or early fall.)

Other tips were:

*Spend some time with each child, and ask them questions - such as:  What do you want to learn this year?  What did you dislike last year?  What did you love?  And so on....  Factor these answers into your Home School planning.

*Ask your husband or big kids to hold down the fort while you go somewhere quiet to do some planning.  That could be another room, another floor of the house, the family camper or RV, or even a coffeeshop table.

*Plan some time off during the year.  One mom does 3 weeks on, 1 week off every month year 'round.  Other moms do 6 weeks on, 2 weeks off, while still other families just take time off as they need AND as life happens.

A couple moms shared:  JUST DO IT.  (Smile)  Make the time and get some planning done.  Any time spent planning, saves you time, energy and headaches home schooling.

I would even recommend a major Home School Room tidy, and IF you have little ones, some time spent putting together activities they can do, while you home educate the big kids.  (I think those tips will be in the next blog!) 

Check out Donna Young's Site for Tips (She has a HUGE site full of Home School Printables)!  Many pages of helps.

And even the Weird Unsocialized Home Schooler has some planning tips....  Check them out!

Smile - This lady says that one of the most important parts of our Home School Planning is our meal plan.  I do know it helps our Home Educating run smoother, if I do have a menu plan. 

So, I hope you are excited about Home Educating your children this fall and that something shared made it easier for you!{jcomments off}

 

Parents for Choice in Education

AHEA has been asked to be a part of a new organization called Parents for Choice in Education.  This group is being formed as a result of attacks on parental authority in education and significant concerns to changes in the education system both provincially and at local school board levels. This political lobby group is still in the development stages, but very soon plans to be actively involved in lobbying against changes which negatively affect parental authority in education and for positive changes to the same. 

 

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