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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.


Over two thousand Albertans say: Change the Education Act!

Yesterday, over two thousand Albertans gathered at the steps of the Legislature to say to the Minister of Education and to his government that Bill 2 – the proposed Education Act – must be changed.
The focal point of the peaceful rally was the last six words of Section 16 of Bill 2 - "and the Alberta Human Rights Act" – which need to be removed in order to protect the rights and freedoms of all parents, all home educators, and indeed all Albertans.
Two weeks ago, on Friday, March 2, 2012, the Alberta Home Education Association (AHEA) sent notice to its members that it would be holding a rally at the Legislature to express concerns about Bill 2: The Education Act.  The rally would take place a mere three days later, and at that March 5th rally, over 500 home educators from across the province gathered to voice concerns and ask for changes.
The Minister of Education subsequently added an amendment to the Preamble mentioning parental rights, but as the Preamble to any act has little force in law, that amendment was virtually meaningless.
So, on Thursday, March 15, 2012, AHEA - in conjunction with the Home School Legal Defence Association (HSLDA) and Citizens for Diversity in Education (CDE) – decided to hold a second rally at the Legislature on Monday, March 19th.
A mere four days later, 2,152 Albertans (confirmed by crowd counters) from all walks of life, from every age group, representing every educational option in Alberta, gathered at the steps of the Legislature to protest those six words in Section 16 of Bill 2: "...and the Alberta Human Rights Act."

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Debate Schedule in the Legislature Re: Bill 2

The following is the legislative debate schedule as outlined in the Weekly House Business Schedule   http://www.assembly.ab.ca/pro/audio/schedule.htm

 Tuesday , March 20:

3:00 (4 hours and 30 minutes) - Government Business:  Committee of the Whole Bill 2, 4, 5, 6

7:30 (5 hours and 30 minutes) - Government Bills and Orders:  Committee of the Whole Bill 2

Wednesday, March 21:

3:00 (4 hours and 30 minutes) - Government Bills and Orders:  Third Reading Bill 2

7:30 (5 hours and 30 minutes) -Government Bills and Orders:  Third Reading Bill 2

Thursday, March 22:  

3:00 (3 hours) - Government Bills and Orders:  Third Reading Bill 2

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