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Keynote Speakers 2016 Affirmation

June 15, 2015

As announced at our April 2015 convention, the Alberta Home Education Association has invited Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar to be the keynote speakers at our 2016 convention.

The AHEA board today affirms that decision after careful consideration of the facts of the recent controversy concerning one of the Duggar children.

The reasons for the board decision include:

  1. The controversy surrounding actions taken by Josh Duggar is really "old news". The events happened more than a decade ago and were dealt with legally and morally at that time. AHEA does not condone Josh's behavior but wishes to follow the example of the victims in this situation who have expressed a desire to "forgive and forget".
  2. The people who are coming to speak are home educating parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, and not their son Josh. Since all parents are prone to blaming themselves when their children make a mistake, it is AHEA's hope that Jim Bob and Michelle will share what they learned as parents from these difficult experiences - learning of Josh’s behaviour then and now living through the recent media hysteria.
  3. AHEA does not choose speakers because they are perfect or nearly so. In fact, AHEA tries to choose speakers who have been through difficult times and learned from them, who have made mistakes in parenting and can share their experiences, who have been "in the trenches" of home education and have persevered. In this way, AHEA chooses speakers for the annual convention who can connect in "real life ways" with AHEA members, who can be open about mistakes made and lessons learned, who can speak of forgiveness. Learning from our mistakes makes a compelling story.

The decision made by the AHEA board was not an easy one and we do not expect all AHEA members to agree with it, but that is why AHEA brings in a variety of speakers for our members to choose from at the convention.
In addition the AHEA board listened to the response to the controversy from AHEA members. That response has been almost unanimous in support of the Duggar family.

If you wish to express your opinion on this or any other matter, please email:
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The AHEA board thanks all members who voiced their opinion on this matter through email and other methods and we thank our members for their prayers and their patience. We look forward to seeing you at the 2016 convention.

- From the board of directors for the Alberta Home Education Association

Last Two Days of AHEA Convention Early Bird Discounts

Last Two Days for AHEA Convention Early Bird Discounts

In order to receive the Early Bird Discount rate, all Mail-in registrations must be postmarked by March 6 - please do not mail in registration forms after March 6.

Although Early Bird Discount Rates are only in effect until March 6, 2015, online registration will continue to be available until April 4, 2015. You may register at the door after that date.

January 31st Deadline: Please Respond to Draft Home Ed Regulation

E News January 29, 2015 - To all AHEA members and Alberta home educators:

The Alberta Home Education Association (AHEA) met with Education Minister Gordon Dirks on Tuesday January 27th 2015. The Minister listened to AHEA’s concerns but he did not commit to any specific action.

At this time then, the AHEA board again asks you to please submit your feedback to the draft Home Education Regulation via the government’s link and directly to the Education Minister (see links at the end of this e News).

You have only until January 31st to do so, although emails to the Minister can still be sent after this date.

1 - The key point to make is that staff of Alberta Education are defining what home education is and what it isn’t (which is what PARENTS have the authority to do) thereby reducing parental freedom and educational choice.

In order to halt this bureaucratic intrusion and ensure the continued existence of independent contracted home education specialists (ICHES), AHEA asks that the words “employed by the associate board or associate private school” be removed from Section 3.8 and Section 4.2.b of the draft regulation.

Removing these words would make clearer that such ICHES specialists are allowed under the regulation.

(A brief explanation: an ‘independent contracted home education specialist’ is an organization, such as WISDOM or Education Unlimited or THEE, which specializes in providing services and teachers to home education parents. Such ICHES specialists make home education the primary or sole focus in order to provide individualized services to home educated students.)

2 - AHEA has no concerns with the student learning outcomes in the draft regulation - they are the same as in the current regulation, but does have a question.

On May 6, 2013 Ministerial Order 001.2013 on student learning outcomes was signed: https://education.alberta.ca/media/6950988/mostudentlearning.pdf

This new order replaced Ministerial order 004/1998: https://education.alberta.ca/media/311314/422.pdf

Our question: Should the learning outcomes in the Home Education Regulation be consistent with the 2013 Ministerial Order (so that home education learning outcomes are the same as in the public system)?

3 - AHEA asks that all members and home educators respond in their own words and, in addition to the specific changes noted above, continue to focus on these issues of key importance: parental authority, less regulation, and protection of educational choice through the continued existence of independent contracted home education specialists (ICHES).

Thank you for taking the time to do this, and please continue to pray for home educators, our elected representatives, and our public servants.

Paul van den Bosch,
Alberta Home Education Association

To provide feedback using the Alberta Education link: http://education.alberta.ca/department/policy/education-act.aspx
Email the Minister of Education at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
To view the draft Home Education Regulation, begin on page 45: http://education.alberta.ca/media/11140412/educationact_proposedregulationsforcommentary.pdf


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