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Bill 2: Effective 4:30p.m., Thurs. March 22, 2012

As of 4:30 pm on Thursday March 22 2012, the proposed Education Act (Bill 2) has not passed.
 
At the session of the Committee of the Whole today, the Minister of Education introduced five last minute amendments, none of which affect home education.
 
 
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Assembly Debate on Bill 2: Tues. March 20

Debate occurred on  Bill 2 on Tues, March 20 beginning around 9:00pm.
 
Mr. Anderson of the Wildrose Party moved that
 
Bill 2, Education Act, be amended by striking out section 16 and substituting the following:   
 
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.
 
Debate ensued. 
Debate was adjourned around 10:45 pm.  The debate on Bill 2 may resume as early as 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday March 21.

AHEA President comments for Monday, March 12, 2012 Rally to Support Home Education Freedoms

At the time Laura Ingalls and Almanzo Wilder, of “Little House on the Prairie” fame were developing  the American frontier, some of our great grandparents were doing likewise on the Canadian prairies in the late 1800s. Others of us had our roots in oppressive countries, such as Russia, Poland and the subsequent Soviet Union, where this philosophy of Karl Marx was played out: “The education of all children, from the moment that they can get along without a mother's care, shall be in state institutions at state expense.”

I don’t know about you, but that’s about enough talk about oppressive governments that promote a serious lack of liberty  hereby all children were to be brought up like widgets in a factory. Let’s go back to early Canada for a breath of fresh air. The time of Laura Ingalls was one of one-room school houses, and home education on the farm and in growing communities. Here our forefathers made Canada and the USA into the envy of the world in terms of economic output and personal freedoms. The literacy rates were high as the emphasis of education was not on social engineering but on the three R’s: reading, writing and arithmetic.

Back then the government did not interfere in education by placing a litmus test, such as the Alberta Human Right Act. Nor should we need, today, this sort of limitation to education that really has nothing to do with academics. History shows that governments change laws for two main reasons: to either take in more money or to enforce more controls. Please consider this carefully concerning (home) education. The government, thanks to high taxation, provides ample funding to education so likely more control is what they are after.

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