For those of you who believe that I shouldn’t talk politics or things of controversy in my blog, I ask you to stop reading my posts. I love to talk politics and it wouldn’t be hard to figure out who I vote for each year. It would be very easy to tell who I won’t vote for at the very least. If this bothers you, stop reading. You should have stopped by now. I really don’t care… This year, something has to change. I believe that the principles of the PC Party have gone in a different direction from my beliefs lately. I believe that they think I am stupid. Unfortunately for them, I am not. As a home schooling family, I feel it is my responsibility to let my elected officials know that they will not only not be getting my vote again, I will be working hard against them. I have voted PC basically my whole adult life. That ends on May 5, 2015.
It is my sincerest hope that the Wildrose Party takes power and understands why. They need to stop making sweeping changes that do almost nothing to help the budget, but force parents to either pay to educate their youth or put them in a public school system that costs our government $10,000 per year per youth. My personal belief is that our current education system is drastically failing to provide an education that will prepare the youth for the world they will be entering. I will continue to home school no matter what but new parents who look at the costs of educating kids might be forced to look at alternatives or consider putting their kids in a public school system that they weren’t fond of to start with. If my home schooled child costs the government $1500 per year, and a publicly schooled child costs $10,000 per year, what on earth was going through the PC party’s head when they decided that forcing parents to put their kids back in school was going to save the province money. I am ashamed that I live in a province that is willing to go from being the most forward thinking region in the country and possibly the continent, to a backwards story of education and the least proactive supporter of home education in the nation… all while risking adding $80,000,000 in expenses to the annual budget.
Please check out the front page of the AHEA site (Alberta Home Education Association) for more information from people much smarter than me. Also check out the Wildrose Party… Not sure that the government spends $10,000 a year to educate your child? It is a huge number but I got the numbers from the government so if they are wrong, it wouldn’t make sense.