Last Monday morning was our long awaited day in court for the Bill 24 Injunction Appeal at the highest court in Alberta. I appreciate that you may or may not have read my brief and quickly written report right after being in court. You may have seen some of the news reports, which I will include for your reference below as well. I realized that one of the things that people may be less familiar with is that being in the Court of Appeal has a different focus than an initial hearing. The focus of the case is typically to convince the panel of three justices that they have grounds to overturn the decision of the lower court judge. Thus, it is more of a technical argument than you would have heard at the lower court, although the Appellants had applied to introduce a significant amount of new evidence.
Alberta Home Education Association
As many of you are aware, the marginalization of parental rights is an obvious result to Bill 24. The bill, now law, has been implemented by the current government, but they are facing resistance from a small band of brave individuals, schools and groups, which are practicing civil disobedience to this new law based on the fact that it breaks prior protections of parental rights, found in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights, the Alberta Bill of Rights and the Alberta Family Law Act. The security of parental rights is important to those who home educate, as it is on this basis (as well as religious freedom) we claim our right to do so. The case slated to be heard sometime in 2019 will impact us all, but this appeal is critical as we need these steadfast schools to remain open to support the home education administrations that are attached to them. They are also a beacon for those in the faith community to stand in the face of wrong doing and of encouragement to act in righteousness, honoring God above man.
Home Schooling is an excellent option in Alberta. Why not join the Home School Community of Alberta? It is a strong, passionate community encouraging parents to meet the individual needs of their children. Parents have, and are, taking the plunge into home schooling as you read this.
Why would you choose to home school your children? Home schooling = Freedom!
- Home Schooling isn't hard to do.
- Children can excel academically as home schoolers.
- You will know exactly what your child is learning.
- Your children get to learn their way and at their pace.
- You want your child to love learning and to follow their interests.
- You can teach your child practical life skills and academics
- There is better socialization with much less peer pressure and unhealthy bullying.
- Children can have time for creative play and following their interests and talents.
- Priority on Family:
- Families get to spend the best hours of each day together!
- You get to teach your children the values that are important to you.
- You can to be the master of your own schedule and decide what works best for your family.
- There is flexibility in learning and lifestyle.
- You want to spend more time with your child / children.
- Your child is asking to home school.
- Your child has special needs and would do better at home.
You do have the freedom to educate your children at home anytime you wish. You can still make a
decision to home school your children, and until Sept. 28, 2018 the funding will follow your child to the
new board you choose to register with. It is better to decide before then, of course, but you will find
boards are often open to accepting students throughout the year because they are passionate about your
freedom to choose and the benefits that home education brings. Call a few to help decide which one you
would like to go with and ask for help. All of them want to help your family succeed at home education.
What do you need to do? Fill out a Notification Form and a copy of a birth certificate or passport for
each child to the home school administration of your choice. Once your family has been accepted, bring
your child home!