Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Dispute over sex education in Ontario

Benjamin Levin is seen heading into a Toronto court on Tuesday, where he pleaded guilty to three child pornography-related charges.
It is thought by many that only a pervert or paedophile would insist that very young children should have sex education in schools. The following article from Ontario might be an embarrassment to those who insist that that is not the case at all.
Despite efforts by the Liberal government to distance itself from suggestions that disgraced bureaucrat Benjamin Levin had a hand in crafting the sex-ed curriculum, there’s ample evidence he put his fingerprint on what Ontario children learn in the classroom.
Levin — a former deputy education minister who is expected to plead guilty to child porn-related charges Tuesday — repeatedly highlighted his role as overseeing curriculum issues.
In a 2009 newsletter, the then-deputy minister said he was "responsible for ... everything that they do" and to "implement" the "new" approach. 
This was the beginning of the 63-year-old’s involvement in the controversial curriculum change. Once a professor at the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, there are many interpretations about Levin’s part in the curriculum, but it’s his own definition that should clear it up.
On March 6, 2009, Levin wrote and signed a memo that put himself in charge of Ontario’s school curriculum....
In an interview with OISE’s winter 2009 newsletter, Levin said: "I was the deputy minister of education. In that role, I was the chief civil servant. I was responsible for the operation of the Ministry of Education and everything that they do; I was brought in to implement the new education policy."
The controversial parts has students as young as six learning about "consent" who by 12 are given an introduction to same-sex relations.
For some, it’s a question of what children should be learning. For others, it’s about age appropriateness. But for many, the key question is should such a strategy be moved forward when the man at the top of it is accused with crimes against children?...
The Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy was the introduction document that covered "gender-based violence, homophobia, sexual harassment, and inappropriate sexual behaviour" to be "discussed and addressed in the classroom." The strategy is "embedded" into both the 2010 and 2015 versions.
That strategy was introduced in 2009 by Levin. There should be no more denying it.

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