It's the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, or as it's known by its acronym, OISE. This faculty of the University of Toronto has been the center of controversy for years. Criticism of practices there has become more intensified since 2010, when an anti-Semitic thesis produced at OISE was condemned across party lines in the Ontario Legislature.
Ben Levin's doppelganger with Justin Trudeau
and Kathleen Wynne in June 2013
So far, much of the focus related to Levin's position at OISE has concerned his role as an advisor to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. The question is an apt one, as Wynne has pledged to impose a curriculum that was withdrawn by her predecessor, Dalton McGuinty, after it succumbed to widespread denunciation about its introducing highly sexualized material to children at an inappropriately young age.
Wynne, a graduate of OISE, was Education Minister while Levin was Deputy Education Minister. For those not familiar with the way the government and civil service work, the Deputy Minister is the most senior civil servant in a Ministry, usually appointed directly by the Minister, and is responsible for all the day-to-day operations and ongoing strategic development. To compare respective roles in the private sector, the Deputy Minister would be the CEO while the Minister would be the Chairman of the Board who holds final authority and sets general direction, but has little involvement in the actual running of the organization.
made Ben Levin CEO of a multi-billion dollar corporation charged with providing public education and their top priority was to teach pre-pubescent children about homosexuality and masturbation.
To understand why, one needs to understand the culture and the overarching operational philosophy at OISE.
The school itself has programs that ostensibly are supposed to teach how to educate, but their actual stated goals are to create activists to promote very particular agendas in public schools. These agendas are rooted in Marxist theory and based in large measure upon Pedagogy of the Oppressed, the seminal work by the late Brazilian Maoist educator, Paulo Friere. The instructors at OISE are largely made up of Marxists who deplore capitalism and despise the current federal Conservative government. They see most of the world's ills deriving from capitalism and what they refer to as "the patriarchy." To combat these perceived ills, they are determined to produce generations of students as soldiers to do battle against their ideological enemies.
Degrees in these types of programs, such OISE's Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Social Justice are incredibly easy to acquire and so some students enroll knowing their advanced degrees are all but guaranteed. Most are true believers who go to have their biases confirmed, but many others are intellectual featherweights who are readily susceptible to the daily indoctrination they receive in their OISE classes.
The culture there is one of people who identify primarily with their activism. It is also a place where much of the focus of that activism is shaped by the proportion of Gay students, which is enormously inflated at OISE compared to the rest of society. It is from these influences that a sexualized curriculum emerges.
Many, if not most who support Gay Rights and believe in the right to Gay marriage would be scandalized by OISE's twisted dogmas. Gay advocates and their supporters have long accepted the scientific evidence that sexual orientation is a predetermined characteristic. But at OISE, they teach that gender is not biologically pre-determined but a choice.
This is a place where they worship someone like the radical fanatic Judith Butler, a founder of "Queer Theory" who thinks the terror group Hezbollah is a part of the "progressive left." The ranks of groups like the polemical nitwits of Queers Against Israeli Apartheid are harvested from the crops at OISE.
Though homosexuality is prevalent in a small minority of the population, and as any biologist could confirm, is an anomaly from the Darwinian function of a species, which is to procreate, at OISE, they rail against "heteronormative" and "gendernormative" society which they hope to reform in their own image.
That is the idological foundation from which the Ontario Sex Ed and other radical components of the curriculum was derived. They operate with the goal of conditioning children to create a world as OISE wants it, where boys can choose to be girls and vice versa, where terrorists, should they be from non-western cultures, are automatically oppressed victims. And where the sooner that is instilled in the psyche of children the better. Since someone has to understand sexual function in order to understand the oppression of a heterosexist, gendernormative society, for OISE it becomes imperative to expose children to sexuality at as early an age as they can.
In fact, if there ever was a place where the lunatics are running the asylum, it is the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, and that is in the most literal of terms. PhD's there have been awarded to people with severe, diagnosed mental illnesses, whose Doctoral theses have been barely coherent gibberish. Armed with their OISE-provided weaponry, they then become "qualified" to disseminate their lunacy further in the guise of being "accredited experts."
The charges against Ben Levin have not yet been proven in court. But those familiar with what goes on at OISE know that he was far from being the most radical teacher in that institution.
A Toronto blogger known as Blazing Cat Fur recently received a visit from police for ironically musing that "OISE...needs to be purged or burnt to the ground, whichever is more effective." The real irony there is that more attention was paid to what Blazing Cat Fur wrote than the depravity at OISE which caused such a comment. The more one knows about OISE, the more it becomes apparent that is a diseased place that infects anyone inside its Brutalist walls.
Thanks to comments at Small Dead Animals for the suggestion of the video assessment of OISE (above)
UPDATE: As of now, Toronto Police have added two more charges related to Child Pornography that Levin will face (h/t Marvin W)
As an interesting aside, Ben Levin's brother Matthew is Canada's Ambassador to Cuba