It was the first time a sitting US Secretary of Education had visited Canada; and by all accounts, it was an exciting time for Canadian educators. In September 2010, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, a new broom in the Obama White House, visited Toronto, ostensibly to participate in an education conference.
Duncan is more or less a quintessential Obama pick. A born-and-bred socialist academic, he was born in Hyde Park, the Chicago neighborhood where Jesse Jackson, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, and Barack Obama would later reside. In fact, Duncan’s father was a professor at the University of Chicago, which later employed Obama and unrepentant domestic terrorist Ayers. He is also a Harvard alum and former Chief Executive Officer of the Chicago Public Schools.
While in Toronto, Duncan schmoozed with educators who were no doubt after his own heart. The Canadians are well under way in implementing the International Baccalaureate Programme, which is what one might call the standardized socialist syllabus intended to indoctrinate students into the preferred worldview of liberal elites worldwide. It may then come as no surprise that in America, Common Core is being used as the wedge of sorts toward the implementation of the IB. While the rhetoric used to sell the IB and Common Core accentuates how wonderful the program is, and how much better students do educationally (which is far from being established), the real focus is on social engineering, data mining, and indoctrination.
As part of this trip, Duncan toured Weston Collegiate Institute, a local high school in the IB track. Its principal, Deborah Blair, is also an archetypal socialist educator, who has been lauded for her utilization of “Restorative Justice” in her administrative practices. She also happens to be black and an American.
Weston Collegiate is also the high school that was attended by a colleague of mine, Dr. Jim Garrow. As some will be aware, Dr. Garrow is noted for having founded The Pink Pagoda, an organization that rescues baby girls in The People’s Republic of China from infanticide (a widespread practice there due to their “one child per family” policy) and places them with childless couples in China. He had been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009, which was ultimately awarded to Barack Obama.
What many outside of Canada don’t know is that Garrow is also a groundbreaking educator in his own right. Over the years, he has contributed to countless international education projects and has worked with educators and government officials around the globe, including such luminaries as Jack Kemp, Jerry Falwell, Bill Bennett, and other Reagan cabinet members.
In early 2010, Weston Collegiate alumni, staff, and ancillary participants began considering a number of proposals whereby they might recognize their honored fellow alumnus (Garrow) with some manner of public tribute, given his experience, humanitarian work, and that he had been a Nobel Peace Prize runner-up.
Shortly after Arne Duncan’s historic visit to Weston, however, all such talk of homage to the esteemed alumnus abruptly halted, to the puzzlement of Dr. Garrow and the prospective participants. What had happened? Unfortunately, identifying the whos and whys of it wound up being as mysterious as… well, as trying to determine who authorized the Internal Revenue Service to target conservative, Christian, and pro-Israel nonprofit groups and political opponents for inordinate scrutiny.
Speaking of which: in recent weeks, of course revelations concerning the Obama administration’s widespread use of government bureaus to persecute political opponents have fundamentally transformed the political landscape in America. From the Department of Justice’s clandestine monitoring of journalists’ professional and personal communications to the Internal Revenue Service harassment of the Tea Party, suddenly Americans are getting a glimpse into the real Obama White House.
I’ve spoken quite a few times to the malignant narcissism of President Obama in the context of his disposition with (or disposal of) those whom he considers dangerous to him, or for whom he simply harbors disdain. His Stalinesque need to discredit or otherwise stultify the influence of his former Nobel rival and outspoken conservative critic is very much in keeping with this deep neurosis and paranoia, though at first blush it may just appear petty.
Garrow would not be the first or only individual targeted through whatever means Obama had at his disposal. In the case of an American citizen, of course, it’s child’s play: Just stick the IRS on them. In Garrow’s case, it appears that Arne Duncan did the dirty work.
It does bear mentioning that years before Weston Collegiate principal Blair got involved in “Restorative Justice,” Garrow was the principal of the Teachers College for Inuit in Canada (Nunavut Arctic College), which pioneered and taught this concept to principals of First Nations (Inuit) schools. Originally known as the “justice circle,” it was developed by the Inuit as a social construct within their own culture. So, Blair receives accolades for her work with “Restorative Justice” and gets to diminish any recognition of another having done so first, while aiding and abetting Duncan and Obama at the same time. Such a deal!
While the damage certainly wasn’t life- or career-threatening, this is moot; in the case of the narcissist, it’s the perception of the one doing the damage that counts. Whether a Canadian businessman or entire segments of the American electorate, any and all means to marginalize, intimidate, or outright destroy Obama’s enemies are absolute necessities.
Because that’s how Marxist narcissistic sociopaths roll…