In this article written in December 2016, Léo Gaumont writes about the current state of the home education community in Alberta and how it may have contributed to the recent government attempt to close down Trinity Christian School and its associated home education provider, Wisdom Home Schooling. He describes how an unhealthy desire for government money has led many home educators away from their original vision for home education. As well, he explains the rise of a “home education industry” based on government funding.
This article, written in 2017, describes how changes in the circumstances of the home education community gradually led the Alberta Home Education Association (AHEA) away from its original purpose. Basically, AHEA was created to be an organization focused on representing the interests of home educating families. However, over time, it has increasingly represented the interests of the businesses that comprise the home education industry in Alberta. Léo has written extensively on concerns he has about the home education community in Alberta, including a 2016 blog series entitled The Problem.
This article, written in 2017, explains how government funding distorts the home education movement by leading to the development of a home education industry and the problems that the industry entails. Furthermore, acceptance of the funding invites the government into home education and thereby thwarts home educators’ efforts to have exclusive authority over the education of their children.
In this article from August 2019, Léo explains how the Alberta Home Education Association (AHEA) drifted away from its original purpose and mission. He then explains how it can be restored to properly serving Alberta’s Christian home educators.
Home education and home schooling are not exactly the same. Home education does not reinvent or mimic school, whereas home schooling does imitate school in the home.
The government school system says it takes twelve years to get an education, but home educated students can be properly educated in much less time than that.
The only way to protect your children is to keep them home. If you send your children to school, any school, it’s going to have negative effects.
In this article Léo briefly explains the six main reasons for failure in home education.
Home educating parents should remember this: if we measure our children’s success by God’s standards, they will be prepared for both eternity and this world.
School standards are not applicable to home education, so why should any home educators be concerned about school standards?
Government accreditation is no guarantee of success when seeking admission to post-secondary level training nor for obtaining employment.
It is important to understand that God does not call parents to prepare their children for college, but to prepare them for life. There’s a big difference, both here and in the life to come, even if college is one of the steps taken along the way.