More German Homeschoolers Seek Asylum in Canada

Via LifeSiteNews. A German family seeking asylum in Canada due to persecution because of homeschooling. See previous stories on the German family granted Asylum in the USA.

While many choose to homeschool for religious reasons, these parents, who do not wish to be identified, say rather that they wish to homeschool as a matter of conscience and for the medical well-being of their two teenage sons. The boys both suffer from various illnesses after having been born four months premature.

The government had placed them in a school for the physically and mentally disabled, but the parents felt that they would not receive the best education there, so they chose to homeschool. Read more…

The homeschooling solution

via Innisfil Scope (Canada)

On a small family farm between Stroud and Sandy Cove, there’s an emerging trend to public education developing.

At that site, homeschool educator Heidi MacNeil is teaching 12 children ages three to six reading, writing, mathematics, French, science and other elements of the Ontario public education curriculum.

“It’s something I always wanted to do,” she said, watching several of the children play in a nearby room. “I decided just to take in a few children, and do it from home. I had three kids that I started with, and within the first month and a half it started to increase. They get to pick what they want to learn about. It’s geared around them. They really enjoy it here, this is a happy little group. This is perfect.” Read more…

Creative route to higher education

Creative route to higher education

Kate Cayley got into a Halifax university on the strength of an essay explaining her love for a 495-line poem. David Piechnik was accepted into art school in Vancouver after submitting a portfolio that included posters he designed for his church. Read more…

Learning at home in Quebec

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Tick-tock goes the clock. But when will the school year end?!
Sometimes it feels like forever. If you’re like countless other high school students, you’re just looking forward to saying goodbye to your desks and starting your summer vacation.
Things are different for Dustin Blackman. His summer vacation started more than two weeks ago. So while you’re still sweating it out in class, Blackman is free to go for a bike ride, practice his electric guitar or work the bugs out of his latest dynamic Web pages. Read more…

On leaving the home-schooling years

This is a subscription site but at least for today, I didn’t need to register. Free to register and worth the read.
They were flexible times and enjoyable times; frustrating times and enlightening times; bonding times and arguing times. They were times at a particular locality but with a pertinent universality. They were “the home-schooling years,” and I am that creature, the home-schooled student.
How can one describe the transition from a world of three classmates, academic accountability to no one but your own parents, and shelter from the dreaded “real world” to a world of over 60,000 students, several different teachers and classes, and a whole host of social, moral, and practical issues competing for your attention? Many are the days that I reflect and am amazed at how seamless the transition has actually been. Read more…

Homegrown Education Catching on in Canada

Having taken more than three decades to evolve, home-schooling is presently thriving in Canada.
From Victoria to St. John’s, parents across the country are increasingly choosing to conduct class at the kitchen table rather than have their children taught in a conventional school.
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Students do well learning at home

Currently, 30 schools in southern Saskatchewan are under review. While their closures could unfortunately result in a real loss of income for both teachers and support personnel, there are quite a number of people who could potentially benefit.
‘Who could that be?’ you say.
Believe it or not, depending on the response of parents, the students themselves.
Do you know what the parents of the following individuals have in common: Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, Mozart, The Wright Brothers, George Washington, CS Lewis, George MacArthur, and Robert E. Lee? These parents all home schooled their young ‘uns for a period of time. This is just a short list of highly recognizable figures. Read more…

Who home-educates?

…in Canada. (I’m sure things aren’t much different in the US.)
While home-based education may seem like a risky or experimental new venture into unfamiliar territory — and many of those who embrace it will frankly admit it sometimes feels that way — it is not new.
Throughout history people have always taught their own children or had other kinds of learning arrangements in place, be it mentoring, apprenticeship, tutors or incidental. Read more…

Canadian Homeschooling dispute leads to foster care

An infuriating, horrific story of a system against parents who obviously have the children’s best interests at heart.
Their bunk beds are empty, their toys idle, their books shelved, and their musical instruments – two violins, an electric piano and an antique accordion – tucked away in their cases.
Signs of a past life that their parents keep undisturbed, waiting for the nightmare to end; waiting for their two boys to return and for life to get back to normal.
On Feb. 15, a judge in youth protection court ordered their two boys, age 9 and 10, into foster care. The reason given was that the parents were negligent of their children’s health and schooling. Read more…

Home Schoolers Concerned Over New Ontario Compulsory Attendance Law

Laws are passed without a thought about homeschoolers. We need to remind them who we are.
MILLGROVE, Ontario, February 3, 2006 ( � A homeschooling group is concerned by an Ontario Liberal government proposal to change the Education Act, raising the compulsory school attendance age in Ontario to 18.
The Homeschool Legal Defence Association of Canada (HSLDA), in a release from Executive Director and Legal Counsel Paul Faris Monday, warns that the change to the law may restrict the freedoms of homeschoolers in several ways. The new law proposes requiring proof of school attendance before obtaining a drivers license, and imposing fines against parents and children who are not in school and legitimately excused. Read more…

Homeschooling a �Form of Child Abuse� says B.C. Liberal Candidate

Are parents ill-equipped to raise their own children? Obviously not.
SURREY, January 10, 2006 ( � B.C home schooling parents are dismayed after discovering harsh comments about home schooling made by Jim McMurtry, Liberal party candidate for South Surrey, B.C., in the September/October 2003 edition of Teacher Magazine.
McMurtry wrote that parents who educate their children at home are �condemning their children to an impoverished, friendless, and segregated learning environment.� Home schooling parents, he said, �participate in what can be perceived as a form of child abuse.�
Paul Faris, Director of the Home School Legal Defence Association said, �Jim McMurtry has insulted every home schooling family in Canada,� Read more…

Unschool days

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Celine Joiris has never failed a test. Never eaten crappy cafeteria food. Never been picked last during gym. It’s not that she’s a supernaturally lucky 16-year-old — she’s simply never been to school.
‘I like the idea of studying, but school is just like incarceration,’ she explains. Her brother Julian, 17, agrees. ‘My approach is, planning, schedules — OK. Tests, OK. College, OK. Whatever. But I don’t really want to think much about it,’ he shrugs. ‘I can’t tell you where I’ll be in two years.’ Read more…

Homeschooler Invents Family Business

A great achievment for such a young man.
A backpacking trip spawned a family business that brings light to people across the United States and around the world.
Barclay Henry wanted a small, dependable flashlight that wouldn�t need replacement batteries while he walked from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail. His younger brother, Ben, made a flashlight from a cordless phone battery, a 35 mm film container and a light-emitting diode.
By the time Barclay reached Oregon, Ben had refined the flashlight to its bare essentials � a nine-volt battery and a tiny snap-on plastic cap that includes a waterproof switch and two light-emitting diodes.
The little light drew rave reviews from backpackers along the trail. Vic Henry, Ben�s dad, realized his son might be on to something, and encouraged Ben to seek a patent on the design as a home-school project. Read more…

Is homeschooling a threat to public schools?

More Canadian parents than ever are choosing to homeschool. While they may feel they are making the best choice for their children, are they helping to kill public education in this country?

Elizabeth Davis of the Homeschooling Legal Defence Association of Canada, says there are “at least 100,000” homeschooled kids in Canada. The group estimates that Ontario has 30,000, BC 12,000 and Quebec 10,000. The Alberta government puts the number in that province at just over 8,000 for 1999-2000. Read more…

Government bans Religious materials for B.C. home schooling

Home-schooling parents are fuming after the B.C. Education Ministry ordered thousands of them to stop using faith-based materials — or any other “unofficial” resource — when teaching their children at home.
Many parents, including some who aren’t religious, say they will cut their ties with the school system rather than obey the directive. “They can’t tell me what to do in my own home,” said Pamela Nagle, whose son is home-schooled but attends a Langley school one day a week. Read more…

Finally, homeschooling gets a good rap

Homeschooling has been around for a generation now. As the definitive reports start rolling in, they bring good news for those who took the plunge 10 or 20 years ago and decided to educate their children themselves.

The Home School Legal Defence Association and the Canadian Centre for Home Education have just released a study that shows homeschooled children easily outperformed their publicly schooled peers at every level and by every measure.

Still, the parents who first embarked on the untested waters of homeschooling had no information of that kind available to encourage them. And certainly, the school boards did nothing to help. Read more…

Parents cheer home-schooling

Dorianne Turner home-schools Celine, 8, and her four other children. It’s a decision about which she has no regrets.

People are always asking Calgary mother-of-five Dorianne Turner whether she’s worried her home-schooled children aren’t becoming properly socialized.

“Always. They always ask, ‘Aren’t you worried about the socialization aspect of schooling?’ ” Turner says with a laugh.

“But I’ve never been more at peace. I define socialization as ‘How you get along with other people.’ And if I had the kids in public school, they’d learn that from other little kids who don’t know any better than they do. When I have them at home, they learn how to interact from Kevin and me, and that’s what’s natural.” Read more…

Homeschool students take $30,000 prize for Internet creation

A group of Canadian students has won an international competition in support of making the Internet a safe but exciting place for young people.

The team, made up of home-school children who get some instruction at Willoughby elementary from teacher John Harris, was among 275 entries from 50 countries in a competition run by Childnet, a British charity whose goal is to make the Internet a friendly and interesting place for young people. The Willoughby team had been short-listed for the “schools” category along with a school from Britain and one from Italy. Read more…

Canadian Educators urged to stand up for rights

SASKATOON — Home-based educators were told to stand up for their right to decide how to raise their children at a convention this weekend of home schoolteachers and students.

“Our concern is that in the righteous application of child rights, the fundamental rights of parents seem to be compromised,” said Gerald Huebner in an interview after his presentation to the Saskatchewan Home Based Educators annual convention at Saskatoon Inn Saturday.

Huebner is a board member of the Home School Legal Defence Association of Canada (HSLDA), a group that provides support and advocacy for home-based educators. Read more…

Home schooling sees popularity rise in Canada

It was back in the early ’90s when Ian Clark and his wife, Barbie, first decided to educate their children at home.

For Clark, the decision wasn’t difficult to make, despite the fact there were fewer parents home-schooling their children back then.

“Back in the early 1990s, it wasn’t as common. We didn’t know anybody else,” recalled Clark, a Shellbrook businessperson, in an interview Wednesday.

“Now there’s network to no end. Read more…