You can find the survey here, (https://www.alberta.ca/choice-in-education-engagement.aspx) where you can either fill out the survey electronically (with the ability to partially fill it out, save it, and finalize it later) or use the PDF version that you can print out.
The AHEA Board
What does choice in education mean to you?
With respect to the right to home education, this includes not merely a right over the place in which education occurs, but a right to determine the very content, process and timing of this education.
Christian schools and other schools of faith, should also be able to choose curriculum that is consistent with their faith perspective and the values of the parents who choose to send their children there.
What are the reasons that you/your child chose this school(s)/program(s)? (Please write in the box below)
- The ability to instill my family's values (religious, worldview) in my children.
- Because I believe that God has given me, as the parent, the responsibility to teach my children.
- To personally lead my children in fine academic achievement.
- To personally lead my children in contentment in life.
- To personally lead my children in being active citizens.
- To take the lead in producing children who are sociable, not just with their peers, but with people of all ages, and in various situations and settings.
- To spend a significant amount of time with my children whom I love being with.
- The ability to tailor the curriculum, the delivery of the curriculum, and the pace of learning to match what is best for my children, including those with special needs.
- To achieve flexibility in education in terms of the timing of educating my children, as well as the location.
- For my children to benefit from practical, life integrated education in the context of family and community.
Are you satisfied with the current amount of choice in education in Alberta?
I would like to continue to see all of these education options to be available in addition to public education:
- Home Education
What, if anything, do you see as currently working well or needing improvement in terms of choice in Alberta's education system?
When answering this keep in mind the freedom to have some education options that give you not merely the right over the place in which education occurs, but a right to determine the very content, process and timing of this education and assessment possibilities.
It is working well that standardized testing is not compulsory for home educated students, as parents are taking the responsibility for the education of their children, and home educated students follow individualized programming.
Areas for improvement may include greater recognition of parental authority in the education of their children.
What would you like to see in the future in terms of choice in Alberta's education system?
- To continue to have the following educational options available in addition to public education:
- Home Education
- To see the introduction of a "notification only" option for home education for which I would be willing to forsake funding and not be required to meet twice annually with a facilitator.
An update to all education acts and education regulations to clearly recognize parents as the authority over their children's education. This includes recognizing that it is the parents' responsibility to determine what is in the best interest of their children.