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Department of Education intruding on parental rights says writer

Letter to the Editor: Open letter to the Minster My
Remembering heroes Dear Mr. Dirks, people the government in this province and this ViewPoint
I am writing you as a homeschool parent. Apparently, of Education Gordon Dirks country deemed to be educational authorities acting in by Adrienne Tait Rob Merrifield
Tip the Department of Education is once again intruding on tremendously about the outcome, astronomically more the so called interests of the majority, brutalized small Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
my parental rights. Every two years it seems, we have
children and families. How wrong headed government
of to reassert our parental rights again and again. The than a paid government employee, I am growing can be.
Government of Alberta has got its own hands
increasingly frustrated with unelected government
I would suggest that the removing of First Nation
the Hat incredibly full trying to manage the education of the bureaucrats working behind the scenes who children from their homes and families was not to give Alberta organ and tissue
thousands of Alberta students it already has. Given that
continually desires to put their boot upon our throats.
them a proper education, but to subjugate them, to
One does not have to look too far back in the history
Longtime Edson resident and newspaper-man passes there is so much work to be done in the public schools, of this province and country to see the horrendous force their surrender to the values of the government of donation –registry agent launch
it is my opinion that the homeschoolers in this province
that time. The threat of their perceived rebellion
are the least of your worries. damage governments did to the families of First against the establishment was extinguished. One
The Education system in this province is incredibly
Robin Campbell, MLA expensive. Homeschool children do not consume the Nations with their Residential Schools. The mental and wonders at what cost? Rob
emotional trauma of tearing children away from loving
What does the government have to fear from a
West Yellowhead tax money that their parents contribute to support the parents (considered "savages" by the "enlightened" handful of homeschoolers? Why does it so desperately
public system in bussing, infrastructure, or unionized leaders of that time) cannot be understated! Especially need to step into our private homes with government Merrifield
teachers. We get a pittance for the purchase of teaching when they were thrust into the unaccountable clutches appointed officials? Home educators in Alberta already
materials, which I might emphatically add, I would of a vast number of child abusers. You see, any meet twice a year with a Facilitator who has to report Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
Unpaid leave to gleefully forfeit in return for not having to register with perceived threats to government authority did not come back to this government already. We have established
the government at all.
from First Nation parents or their extended families at
care for seriously Since the vast majority of parents who undertake the all. In fact, these families were the ones being long term, and trusting working relationships with West Yellowhead MLA Robin Campbell
these people. Why does the Government of Alberta
ill relative task of homeschooling their own flesh and blood care threatened, and subsequently brutalized. The very desire to overthrow them and replace them with their
own government appointee's?
HSLDA has done extensive studies on the success of Rob
Home Education. The parents who know and
Building Canada Plan MP Jim Eglinski offers condolences in the House of understand their children best are able to tailor their Merrifield
education to the needs of that child. The results are
Letter to the Editor: Commons on the passing of Constable David Wynn impressive, so again, why does government insist on Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
tampering with something that works? Since it works,
Rob OTTAWA: Jim Eglinski, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead paid tribute in the House of Commons to I would suggest the reasons have nothing to do with
educational standards, but rather control: to manage
Merrifield Constable David Wynn who was laid to rest in St. Albert, Alberta. the information with which our children make Man in the
Member of Parliament for Yellowhead The following is the statement he delivered: decisions. Governments have a long history serving Red Hat
“Mr. Speaker, today, joined by family, friends, and members of his law-enforcement family, Constable their own self interests. Letter to the Editor by Craig McArthur
I am not suggesting that the teachers in Alberta are
David Wynn will be laid to rest in St. Albert, Alberta. evil, that is not the issue. The issue is that the children
With a heavy heart we pay our respects to Constable Wynn, for his dedication and service to our nation. do not belong to the government of either this province
He was an RCMP officer, a Paramedic, a father of three, and noted for his work in local minor hockey, and or country. Arbitrary government officials have
the food drive before Christmas. absolutely no business in the private homes of the
Let us also spare a thought to Auxiliary Constable Derek Bond, his partner, who was also shot in the line of residents of this province, no matter what guise it falls
duty and is recovering. under. We are not “guilty until proven innocent”.
Government appointed officials do not need to start
Together these two brave officers worked to keep us safe, and for that they have our gratitude. entering the private homes of law abiding citizens. I
The horrific tragedy in St. Albert was a stark reminder of the dangers faced by all law-enforcement officers. doubt that parents of children in the public schools Independent seniors’ advocate needed
On behalf of the Government, and all Canadians, I would like to thank all frontline police for putting would appreciate a visit from a government official to
themselves in harm's way each and every day to keep us safe.” see if their children's homework was completed. This
is a slippery slope being embarked on, and the to fix long-term care: Eggen
homeschoolers in this province seem to be the only
bastion left who are defending parental rights. If we
fall, the rest of the parents in this province are next.
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teacher or principal? by GEORGE VANDERBURG
MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
Society has a stigma when it We need a balanced approach Sweden state-napped Dominic Johansson, a 7 year MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
comes to mental health Views & News to mental health for all of us. It old boy about 3 years ago and transferred his custody
problems and related illnesses. by Deanna Mitchener takes a community – a collective to the state. German homeschool families have fled to
We need to identify ways to responsibility between parents, Canada and the United States because of the fear of
understand and eliminate the educators, health professionals, having their children ripped away. The abuse of
stigma of mental health so it does not lead to and community organizations. governments can know no bounds, which is why we
discrimination or worse. One important way to do Studies show that an estimated 1.2 million stay so vigilant.
this is to be open-minded and willing to learn about Canadian children and youth are affected by mental Literacy was at 90% in the US, and over 97% in
these illnesses ourselves. illness. With more than two thirds of adults living Massachusetts in 1850, when there was not ONE
Stigmas and failure to talk openly about these with a mental health problem, they reported that single government school. This tells us that people can
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Homeschoolers are not anti-education. Much to the
image, and a denial of the condition. Or worse, Establishing the foundation for a healthy contrary. Homeschoolers love knowledge and by GEORGE VANDERBURG
by GEORGE VANDERBURG
bullying, or pushing suffers away so that they feel emotional and social development is vital to education. We do not love the squelching of the MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
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could lead to very unhealthy choices. they progress from childhood to adulthood. works for them, and that is fine. Parents have the
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