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On Government Guidelines and Bill 10

To all Alberta home educators:
March 8, 2016

As school boards across our province wrestle with the provincial government's requirement to have policies in place based on Bill 10, many home educators are wondering how this will affect us.

The short answer is that, in our individual homes, there could be no impact (although we would suggest using this as a topic of discussion in our homes on the role of government).

As it has always been, home educating parents will teach their children according to the beliefs held by the parents so that those children can be taught to respect all people.

The administrators of schools are, in a similar way, empowered to uphold their policies and procedures to create the best learning environment possible while still respecting the fact that parents are the primary educators of the children attending those schools.

AHEA had several objections to the passing of Bill 10 a year ago and, as this issue is again in the news, those objections are restated below so that Alberta home educators may have a clearer picture of the concerns.

At this time we would ask that all Alberta home educators pray for our elected representatives and the administrators of education (both within Alberta Education and at all of the schools and school boards), and that the faith and morals and values and ethics of individuals and families will be respected by our provincial government.

Paul van den Bosch

President
Alberta Home Education Association
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On the recent passing of Bill 10:

While the original version of Bill 10 included some positive elements, the amended Bill 10 actually reduces parental and local school authority.

It should also be noted that the amendments and the final vote on Bill 10 were 'fast tracked' through the legislature in order to reduce debate on the bill - something that should concern all Albertans.

Further, as stated in our December 1 2014 letter to the Premier and all MLAs, it is AHEA's position that ALL students should be free from bullying for ANY reason but that each student - each person - is worthy of respect based on the fact that each one is a whole and complete person and that any attempt to define a person by only one aspect of his or her personhood is a form of bullying in itself.

We ask that all AHEA members and all home educators continue to pray for our elected leaders and for the future of home education in Alberta.

Since we don't yet know the impact Bill 10 will have on home educators we should also pray for our students as well as students attending all Alberta schools.

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Links:
http://www.aheaonline.com/index.php/political-updates/496-bill-10-and-home-education
http://www.aheaonline.com/pdf/november/bill_202_letter_25112014

Graduation Completion Ceremony at the AHEA Convention 2017

Attention: those who have a son/daughter completing their homeschool journey next year.

We are excited about offering a Homeschool Completion Ceremony to be added to our Convention Schedule. Other provincial organizations have offered this and we think it is a great way to help celebrate the student’s and parent’s journey through the home education process. We are currently looking to see how many would be interested in participating April 2017.

The plan is to hold the event on Friday. It would include the parents composing a paragraph (between 150-250) words about their student(s). The paragraph may include name, age, town, years home schooled, siblings, personal interests, future aspirations, and God’s role in your family life. It would include parents’ names and a picture of the student graduating. The paragraph will be read aloud as the student is escorted to the stage by their parents. There will be background music as you proceed to the stage. The group will assemble on the stage for a photo session after all students have been introduced.

If you would be interested in participating in this event, please e-mail Korien Sampson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Come to the 2016 Convention!

February 20 2016

Greetings to all AHEA members - past, present, and future!

Now's the time to register! Come to the 2016 convention!

2016 is AHEA's 30th anniversary.

We look forward to seeing all kinds of home educators there:

- past home educators who are now seeing their children home educate the 'next generation',

- families who are currently home educating their children,

- parents who are new to home education or 'checking things out' as their children near school age.

AHEA has an abundance of resources for all of you: insightful and inspiring speakers for both the experienced home educator and for the parent who is 'brand new', a whole hall full of vendors with all kinds of resources, talks for teens, a children's convention, a 'chocolate for moms' evening, a 'breakfast for dads' morning, and more.

You will also be able to meet other home educators, make new friends and renew old acquaintances, and get updated on how AHEA is active in many ways througout the year (including political updates on our meetings with the Education Minister and his staff, on the review of the Education Act and Home Education Regulation, and on our partnerships with other education administrators on effective reponses to current and upcoming legislation).

We look forward to seeing you there!

From the AHEA Board and Convention Team - volunteers serving the home education community!

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