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.