TORONTO – 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.