Convention 2017: Home Education: Education with a Purpose

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. 


Meeting with MLA in Summer of 2012

AHEA is recommending that Alberta home educators meet with their MLA prior to September 15, 2012.  Meeting your MLA alone, as a family, or as a group of home educators is a good way to approach a meeting. It is the desire of AHEA for all 83 MLA’s to receive a copy of the HSLDA research and Brian Ray research from a home schooling constituent.  AHEA can provide copies to you for your meeting; e-mail Patty Marler - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

This courteous meeting is to build bridges with our elected officials, and should be treated as a non-confrontational, information sharing opportunity.  Remember that many MLAs are new and know little about our concerns. During this meeting you could address the following:

1.  Home educators still have concerns regarding the inclusion of the Alberta Human Rights Act in the Education Act http://www.aheaonline.com/index.php/political-updates/321-one-page-information-sheet .

- The AHRA is not referenced in the current Schools Act and AHEA is one of several groups opposing inclusion of the AHRA in any new Education Act.

- The federal government repealed section 13 - the hate crime section of the Federal Human Rights Act - in early June 2012.  The federal government has recognized the problem with this section of the Canadian Human Rights Act.  It would not be prudent for the provincial government to increasing the Human Rights Act authority as the federal government is reducing it. Read the Full Comment article on the National Post 

- You may mention that AHEA has recently been invited to join the organization “Parents for Choice in Education”, a parental choice advocacy organization which opposes the inclusion of the AHRA in the Education Act and is in favor of parental rights in Education. Read our Parents for Choice in Education Article

2. Home education is a very successful educational choice.  The successful nature has been proven empirically as shown in the research to be provided to your MLA.

3. It is freedom that home educators are wanting, not money. This alone is a unique perspective that very few MLA’s ever get. When it is made clear that money is not the issue, but that our parental liberties are, we have a much stronger voice.

Concordia University Changes Entrance Requirements for Home School Students!

My name is Mike Conway. I am a Student Recruitment Advisor for Concordia University College of Alberta.

One of the things Concordia prides itself on is the recent admission changes which grant specialized entrance requirements into our university programs for home schooled and home educated students. These requirements differ from what a provincially educated student in a traditional classroom would need to present.

The main reason for this email is that I would like to establish a working relationship between home school and home education boards across Alberta, and Concordia. Also, I would like make myself available for parents and students who would like further information about our institution and entrance requirements. Please pass along my contact info for anyone who may be interested in Concordia.

An interesting and noteworthy fact is that the average GPA's of the last 15 home schooled and home educated students who graduated from Concordia with degrees was 3.85 on a 4.0 scale. We value the quality education that students receive from home schooling and home education because we see the evidence of their success translated in university.

I appreciate your time and consideration; I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you,
Mike Conway, B.Ed.
Student Recruitment Advisor
Concordia University College of Alberta
Email: mike.conway@ ... | Ph: (780) 479-9221

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