Blessings on your home as you begin to make the most of Alberta’s all-too-short summer.
The new Alberta Minister of Education affirms that he doesn’t plan on dismantling the education system at this time, but openly affirms his party’s belief that public school should really be the only form of education in the province. Our legal rights as home schoolers are always precarious, and it is essential to continue providing healthy evidence of why home schooling is necessary in this province.
Get to know your MLA, for especially the NDP members of the legislature need to have personal relationships with home schooling families. Make a point of visiting them, take cookies and no agenda, just a chance to introduce your children and have them ask your MLA about his/her work in the legislature and committee work.
Public opinion can quickly influence government decisions, and although home schooling is more accepted than it was 20 years ago it still has many opponents. Your family’s volunteer work in the community goes a long way toward assuring the rights of your own family and other families.
Alberta Education plans on taking another year to review regulations, and the Home Education Regulation is one that may receive significant attention. Be sure your MLA knows you before the regulation review resumes. Do keep an eye on the AHEA Political Alerts. If you don’t normally receive them in your email, go to the AHEA website, http://aheaonline.com/ whether or not you are a member.
Thank you for your prayers throughout the difficulties of this Spring and the provincial election. There remain many challenges facing home school administration, so your prayers for Alberta Education bureaucrats and for the elected officials are most necessary.
We at the WISDOM office continue to pray for you.