2019 homeschooling notice

Homeschool in the media

Here are some excerpts from the interventions of home schooling associations in the media:

Reportage à Radio-Canada

8 h 00 | Radiojournal du 8 mai 2019   (2:30 à 4:22)

BULLETIN D’INFORMATIONS DU MERCREDI 8 MAI 2019  (9:16 à 11:43)

Le retour de Mario Dumont – Front commun sur le projet de loi sur l’enseignement à domicile

Le 15-18 – 16 h 12 | Règlement sur l’éducation à domicile : Entrevue avec Noémie Berlus de l’AQED

L’heure du monde – 18 h 18 | Le projet de règlement sur l’enseignement à la maison : Suivi avec J.-P. Robillard

 

Note: To listen to the various Radio-Canada links, you must scroll to the time mentioned in the title.

 

Patrice Boileau, Eng., MBA
Spokesperson
ACPEQ
patboileau@acpeq.org

ACPEQ is composed of dedicated volunteers who generously invest their time and talents to advance and support the cause of homeschooling.

A large number of volunteer families within ACPEQ is essential to enable us to offer the services that support homeschooling, improve support for members, and create a welcoming atmosphere in our association. A wide volunteer base is what will permit us to influence the next generation of homeschooling families. Be involved – become an ACPEQ volunteer.

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE – ACPEQ calls for dialogue

ACPEQ Calls for Dialogue

For a Just Appreciation of the Knowledge and Skills Acquired by Our Children

Montréal, April 4, 2019 – Lately, Quebec’s new Government announced they would amend the homeschooling regulation. Our Education Minister wants to close down illegal schools and fill the gaps he perceives within homeschooling.

First, it’s important to underline that ACPEQ, along with other public homeschooling associations, has always followed the law.  ACPEQ was instrumental as a partner in drafting the current law which passed under the previous government. This is a brand-new law. It’s not even a year old. We have not had the time to measure its impact, yet!

This is why ACPEQ wants to clarify a few points. Mainstream media reported over the past few days that parents were bound to teach only limited French and Math; this is patently false. Right from the start, the law demands homeschooling parents teach 6 compulsory subjects. Additionally, for children aged 9 and beyond, there are 7 compulsory subjects specified by law. Another requirement of the law is that homeschooling parents declare to the Minister their intention to homeschool their child by sending him and the school board a written notice. Then, children are registered with the Ministry of Education, and parents must submit a complete learning project for each child. They must work with the Ministry’s officials who may amend the learning project as required or as directed. Moreover, they must produce a midterm report, which must also receive official sanction. As if this was not enough, they also have to meet an official for follow-up purposes, produce an end-of-year assessment of each and every child and submit an end-of-year report. If, along the way, the learning experience offered to the child is deemed unsatisfactory, the Ministry’s officials can investigate and intervene as much as needed. This is a far cry from a careless anything-goes scenario!

When the law was revised, the point concerning Ministry tests was thoughtfully considered. ACPEQ, along with other associations and researchers have identified significant confines on such tests.  They are adequate as a means of assessment developed for school structures but are inappropriate for homeschooling. The Ministry’s standard test isn’t meant to ascertain, from an objective point of view, a student’s degree of knowledge or capacity. This tool was developed with standardized teaching materials and methodologies in mind. In a homeschooling context, many teaching parents adapt their teaching material to the pedagogical needs of their child; approach and methodologies used often differ markedly from those used in group context. To bind teaching parents to an evaluation test developed for schools is also demanding them to use teaching material developed for school settings. One of homeschooling’s main advantages is the freedom to choose a flexible pedagogical approach, one that isn’t relevant for groups, but perfectly applicable to an individual. We are demanding a means of assessment that is adapted to homeschooling and that reflects a just appreciation of the knowledge and skills truly acquired by our children.

We understand perfectly that the Ministry of Education is concerned with the education and welfare of the children. We ask the Minister to take the time to establish a positive, constructive dialog with ACPEQ and all other associations. They represent fellow citizens, the teaching parents of Quebec, an active segment of Quebec’s population that is concerned full-time with the welfare of its children. ACPEQ (Association of Christian Parent Educators of Quebec) is an association of teaching parents in Quebec, supporting families that have chosen the path of homeschooling for more than 20 years. Our association’s membership counts more than 400 families and accounts for more than 1,200 homeschooled children.

Our sincere hope is that this dialog will help forward a path that allows for validating homeschoolers’ education without getting rid of the flexibility and adaptability that is so characteristic of homeschooling.

ACPEQ Press Release – Homeschooling Regulation

 

Patrice Boileau, Eng., MBA
Spokesperson
ACPEQ
patboileau@acpeq.org

ACPEQ is composed of dedicated volunteers who generously invest their time and talents to advance and support the cause of homeschooling.

A large number of volunteer families within ACPEQ is essential to enable us to offer the services that support homeschooling, improve support for members, and create a welcoming atmosphere in our association. A wide volunteer base is what will permit us to influence the next generation of homeschooling families. Be involved – become an ACPEQ volunteer.

 

 

 

We must continue our advocacy efforts

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Dear members and friends,

Stepping up our advocacy efforts

We are very encouraged by all your actions taken in response to the new proposed amendments to the regulation. We have received several positive and enlightening accounts of the steps taken with your MNAs. Some people even arranged meetings with their local media. Fantastic!

We feel confident that this will bear fruit. We would like to remind you that the preferred action is a letter to your MNA with a copy sent to Minister Roberge and Premier Legault.

Please encourage your family members, friends and acquaintances to do the same. Personally, I am aware of more than 20 different citizens who are doing it or will do it shortly.

Another simple endeavour!

As a small additional effort, it is also advisable to send your letters to:

Madame Stéphanie Vachon
Secrétaire générale
Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur
1035, rue De La Chevrotière, 15e étage
Québec (Québec) G1R 5A5

phone: 418-643-3810, extension 3927
email:  stephanie.vachon@education.gouv.qc.ca

Your letter can be sent as an attachment to your email. It will be part of the reports that will be presented to the Minister.

Next Facebook Live session

We will hold a Facebook Live session on Monday, April 22 to update you on how the situation is progressing.

 

 

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. ” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

 

Blessings,

 

Patrice Boileau, Eng., MBA
Spokesperson
ACPEQ
patboileau@acpeq.org

ACPEQ is composed of dedicated volunteers who generously invest their time and talents to advance and support the cause of homeschooling.

A large number of volunteer families within ACPEQ is essential to enable us to offer the services that support homeschooling, improve support for members, and create a welcoming atmosphere in our association. A wide volunteer base is what will permit us to influence the next generation of homeschooling families. Be involved – become an ACPEQ volunteer.

 

 

 

ACPEQ members are active

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Dear members and friends,

ACPEQ members are active in several ways. We would like to thank you for your involvement.

We reiterate the importance of contacting your MNA. As an elected official, he-she is the person who represents you and who must listen to your opinions. First, contact your MNA right away and try to get an appointment to meet with them.  Continue to ask with determination. It is your MNA you want to talk to, not his or her assistant. MNAs are generally in their ridings on Mondays. It is also important to send him-her, in paper format, a PERSONALIZED letter (the “standard letters” have very little impact). We also suggest that you send a copy of the original letter to Minister Jean-François Roberge and Premier François Legault.

Please keep us informed of your actions.

You can also call everyone you know to ask them to do the same: contact the MNA’s office to leave a message or speak to the MNA and write a letter to the MNA with a copy to the Minister and the Prime Minister. You could help with the letter or suggest one that they can sign.

We will also send you ACPEQ’s press release shortly.  Feel free to use it and send it to your local media.

We remind you to contact the spokesperson, Patrice Boileau, at patboileau@acpeq.org.

Warm regards,

 

Patrice Boileau, Eng., MBA
Spokesperson
ACPEQ
patboileau@acpeq.org

ACPEQ is composed of dedicated volunteers who generously invest their time and talents to advance and support the cause of homeschooling.

A large number of volunteer families within ACPEQ is essential to enable us to offer the services that support homeschooling, improve support for members, and create a welcoming atmosphere in our association. A wide volunteer base is what will permit us to influence the next generation of homeschooling families. Be involved – become an ACPEQ volunteer.

 

 

 

Raise your voice in support of homeschooling

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Dear members and friends,

Emergency meeting of the Board

ACPEQ’s Board of Directors had an emergency meeting to plan our short and medium-term strategy.  It will, of course, focus on preparing a report to be submitted to the MÉES within the 45-day deadline. We are also evaluating whether a response to the media would be beneficial. Any questions related to legal considerations will be considered together with our partners at HSLDA. The Board will continue to hold weekly meetings.

A meeting with your MP!

We encourage all of you to take the necessary measures to contact your MNA. They will make it a point to meet you. You can also talk to them on the phone or write to them. A guide to visiting your MNA will soon be available. We were informed that some of you have already made an appointment, and have written to them. Well done!  Would those of you who have taken measures be kind enough to inform us so that the association is aware of the steps in progress?

Facebook Group Membres * ACPEQ* Members

I saw many interesting ideas. Congratulations! Please note that we do not answer on the Facebook Group. If you wish to exchange with us, please use the email address: patboileau@acpeq.org.

Need support?

Your support groups can provide you with the help you need to accompany you in your needs and initiatives. Feel free to share them with us too.

Your commitment

Let us remind you that we are all volunteers. Any involvement or commitment on your part encourages and energizes us.

And finally, we call on all members to take the necessary step to encourage all HS families to become members.

“Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.” Zachariah 4:6

Warm regards,

 

Patrice Boileau, Eng., MBA
Spokesperson
ACPEQ
patboileau@acpeq.org

ACPEQ is composed of dedicated volunteers who generously invest their time and talents to advance and support the cause of homeschooling.

A large number of volunteer families within ACPEQ is essential to enable us to offer the services that support homeschooling, improve support for members, and create a welcoming atmosphere in our association. A wide volunteer base is what will permit us to influence the next generation of homeschooling families. Be involved – become an ACPEQ volunteer.

 

 

 

Invitation to engage with your MNA

Dear members and friends,

In a previous message, we informed you that this morning, March 27, 2019, the Quebec Minister of
Education, Mr. Jean-François Roberge, had tabled a new draft regulation in the National Assembly. This draft regulation provides for the imposition of ministerial examinations, the presence of the child at the annual meeting, and the reintroduction of the notion of "equivalence" to the cycles of instruction used in the schools. It should be kept in mind that this project does not only concern illegal schools but all families in the homeschooling context as well.

As you know, the various homeschool associations had not been made aware of the government’s newest intentions.

Now we invite you to express your concerns and opposition to your MNA regarding this proposed regulation. Be sure to contact your MNA personally rather than your constituency team or office, as not all of these people will necessarily be aware of certain important points in this dossier. For example, some constituency employees are unaware that the project affects all families in home education and not just some targeted cases.

To read the text of this draft regulation, see the links below
http://www2.publicationsduquebec.gouv.qc.ca/dynamicSearch/telecharge.php?type=1&file=70077.pdf
(French)

http://www2.publicationsduquebec.gouv.qc.ca/dynamicSearch/telecharge.php?type=1&file=103840.pd
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 (English)

HSLDA has presented suggestions of arguments to be submitted to your MNA. We invite you to consult them in the link below

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/163a38781f0adb6c44f1efad0/files/9b3765ce-c12e-457c-8640-
b76e84b3fbc1/Talking_Points.pdf

We must mobilize ourselves for homeschooling and continue to demystify and help this beautiful educational path to be known and understood by those who govern us.

 

Warm regards,

 

Patrice Boileau, Eng., MBA
Spokesperson
ACPEQ
patboileau@acpeq.org

ACPEQ is composed of dedicated volunteers who generously invest their time and talents to advance and support the cause of homeschooling.

A large number of volunteer families within ACPEQ is essential to enable us to offer the services that support homeschooling, improve support for members, and create a welcoming atmosphere in our association. A wide volunteer base is what will permit us to influence the next generation of homeschooling families. Be involved – become an ACPEQ volunteer.