AHEA Convention 2016

The 30th Anniversary Convention (April 2016)
just keeps getting bigger and better!

We now have three keynote speakers: Andrew Pudewa (founder & director of Institute for Excellence in Writing), Linda Lacour Hobar (author of the Mystery of History), and John Carpay (founder and president of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms).

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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

Alberta Education Funding Update

On Thursday, May 29, Premier Rachel Notley and Education Minister David Eggen released a financial statement on funding for all Alberta schools, including private schools and home education.

Before the recent provincial election, home educators had been concerned that growth would not be funded (a particular concern among home educators as home education grew by over 8% from 2013/14 to the current school year).

The financial statement released on May 29 reversed the funding freeze planned by the previous PC government thus allowing Independent Contracted Home Education Specialists (ICHES) to continue to operate with consistency and provide choice to home educating families.

(For details on how this will affect your family's funding, please contact the school or school board with whom you are notified).

Although we don't know what this will mean for the future beyond 2015/16, this is good news for home educating families and, we hope and pray, the beginning of a fruitful relationship with the new government.

Further to the May 29 announcement, Education Minister David Eggen announced on June 2nd that the Education Act, passed in 2012 but never declared law, would need further review. This delay was expected and AHEA will continue to speak up for home educators and parental authority during this review.

It should be noted that the news article on Minister Eggen's June 2nd announcement included the following paragraph: "But Eggen said he has no intention of changing the current structure that sees education delivered through several models such as home-schooling, charter and private schools, as well as the public system."

AHEA thanks all home educators for speaking up during the recent provincial election campaign so that the concerns of home educators were clearly heard.

Paul van den Bosch
Alberta Home Education Association

Convention Speakers Statement

The Alberta Home Education Association carefully considers all of the speakers for every convention and 2016 will be no exception.

The AHEA board will investigate, discuss, pray, and decide on courses of action but we will not rush to judgment on any of the speakers we are considering.

We thank AHEA members for patience in this matter.


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