“I have not read the curriculum documents that I just signed off on that went out the door in June. Nor does anybody expect me to… the minister and the deputy really don’t get involved line-by-line in curriculum documents.” – Ontario Education Minister Liz Sandals.
According to Joe Warmington, writing in the Toronto Sun yesterday, the above response was elicited from Sandals by reporter Faith Goldy, together with other stunning examples of irresponsibility such as “I couldn’t even tell you right now what’s currently under review”, at a press conference two days ago.
I’m not going to dwell on this too much, rather I just want to tie it in with the child-pornography allegations against University of Toronto professor and former Ontario Deputy Minister of Education Benjamin Levin in light of his denial of any involvement in curriculum development.
That flies in the face of the fact that, as the Deputy-Minister, he said in a letter dated April 6th, 2009 to Ontario’s senior educators titled “Ontario’s New Equity and inclusive Education Strategy” that “Today, the ministry released its new equity and inclusive education strategy paper, Realizing the Promise Of Diversity. . . This province-wide strategy has been a priority for our Minister of Education Kathleen Wynne and me”.
And now that the openly-lesbian Wynne has been appointed Premier pending an election, the successor she appointed to replace herself in the Education portfolio claims to not maintain any oversight whatsoever over what subordinate staff do to Ontario’s core curriculum, “Nor does anybody expect me to”…
Kathleen Wynne will undoubtedly do everything possible to delay an election and hang on to power just as long as she can, but the day of reckoning is coming, and it will be absolutely brutal to the already thoroughly-discredited Liberals.
See Joe Warmington’s article “Education minister should read what policies she’s pushing” here.
See my post “Was senior educator involved in Ontario’s sex-ed policies?” (six days ago) here.