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MICHAEL COREN - The Levin factor

Ben Levin's mugshot.

Credits: Toronto Police

MICHAEL COREN | QMI AGENCY

 

Earlier this week, Toronto police arrested Benjamin Levin, a highly regarded University of Toronto education professor and former civil servant, and on Wednesday he was formally charged with seven counts of child exploitation, including charges of possessing and accessing child pornography.

Not only is Levin an educationalist who influenced schools and teachers all over the world, including Canada and in particular Toronto, but he was also part of Kathleen Wynne’s transition team when she became Ontario premier.

He is a professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, which is sadly vital in guiding this country’s teaching methods.

He was also deputy minister of education in Ontario for two periods between 2004 and 2009.

An indication of the man’s importance and closeness to Canada’s leftist elites was shown at the recent gay pride parade in Toronto, where he stood in line with Justin Trudeau, Wynne and Bob Rae — the leading trio of the Canadian Liberal Party.

He wasn’t part of a larger group, not there by chance, but part of the inner sanctum. This is, as it were, the real thing.

It’s vital to emphasize that this man has not been convicted of anything, but at the very least, and very lightest, it’s profoundly worrying that someone who was the epicentre of educational politics and power has been arrested for such crimes.

Also tremendously unsettling is that Levin was a major player in an educational establishment that gave us 2010’s radical and extreme sex education curriculum; it was postponed due to public pressure, but Premier Wynne has promised to reintroduce it.

The sex education program in question proposed that 11-year-olds focus on gender identity, homophobia, personal satisfaction and learning about their bodies through masturbation and vaginal lubrication.

At 12 and 13, they would be taught about anal and oral sex as part of a discussion about abstaining from sexual activity.

At all times they would be told that there were numerous genders, that we were the gender we wanted to be or thought we were, not necessarily what we were born.

There was also a concentration on homosexuality, bisexuality and gender transfer that baffled parents.

So where did all this come from, who was behind it, what was the point?

It’s not that children should be naive or ill-informed, but the curriculum seemed to be not about forming healthy sexuality but indoctrinating young people into shapes and sizes that were unnatural and of more concern to educators and academics than kids and parents.

And speaking of parents, while there were repeated promises to consult them about the sex education curriculum, oddly enough these didn’t take place.

Remember, though, the thing about parents is they parent. You know, work all hours to pay the bills, drive the kids to friends, hockey, soccer and school. They don’t have the free time that professional activists or “educators” do.

When some parents did ask questions about the radical nature of what other people wanted to teach their children, when some of them even dared mention the word “pedophile” or “grooming,” they were dismissed as peasants and idiots, told to shut up because they knew nothing and were just being hysterical.

Dumb parents. Sit down, be silent and know your place.

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