March 27, 2012
Victory in Canada: Restrictive Education Bill Defeated
J. Michael Smith is president of HSLDA. He has been an advocate for homeschooling for more than 30 years. Read more >>
The impossible has happened in Alberta, Canada. Homeschoolers were fighting for their very freedom to teach truth according to their conscience and convictions. A bill that was destined to pass, and would have given the government authority over the education content of every child in Alberta, including homeschoolers and private school students, was defeated Monday.
The ruling party has called for an election and by so doing, the legislative session is officially ended; therefore the government’s attempt to take over all education in Alberta was defeated for lack of a vote.
The government had a vast majority of support from the legislators but as a result of a constant barrage of opposition from homeschoolers via email, phone calls, personal visits to legislators and rallies, the dangerous bill was defeated. The last rally mobilized over 2,000 homeschoolers who expressed their outrage in speeches and loud cheering for freedom and liberty. Observers said it was the largest rally at the capitol they had ever seen. The Canadian homeschoolers learned that grassroots lobbying can make a difference.
The challenge homeschoolers face now is the upcoming election. If the incumbents get reelected, the bill could come up again for passage. So, the homeschoolers are determined to get behind candidates that will support the right of parents to control the content of their child’s education in the homeschool setting. Canadians are learning that price of freedom is vigilance. A by-product of this legislative battle is homeschooled children are learning civics by application.
Congratulations go out to AHEA, the provincial homeschool organization and to HSLDA of Canada for their success in organizing this monumental effort. Thanks goes out to those of you who signed our petition supporting the Alberta homeschoolers and a special thanks to the few of you that made the trip to Edmonton in support of your brothers and sisters north of the border.
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