29 January 2008

2311) Armenian Imposition on Canadian Education

Canada is an amazing democracy, but it is deficient in one major way. It lacks a national Ministry of Education. Its education system is Balkanized with some 11 provincial educational jurisdictions, each having its own standards and curricula. This is partly historical and partly religious, reflecting the power sharing that existed in 1867 when the Canadian Confederation . . was established.

As a result, local activists and ethnic lobbies are sometimes able to impose their own versions of history on the silent majority. That is the principal reason for the fact that now in Toronto, the largest city in Canada, the local school board has fallen into the hands of Armenian lobbies, hell bent on rewriting history through parliaments and the decentralized education systems.

Within each Canadian province, there is a provincial ministry of education and numerous local school boards consisting of elected persons called Trustees. They are accountable to local property taxpayers, called ratepayers, and a few hundred ratepayers can make the difference in who gets elected a trustee.

In recent years, genocide studies have become very popular; especially in predominantly Jewish Canadian areas and many school boards have rightly approved Holocaust modules teaching students the horrors of Nazi Germany. These Jews were innocent, unlike the Ottoman Armenians who committed treason and were relocated out of the war zone.

Now the Armenian nationalists have joined the bandwagon. Using the fake Hitler quote (“who still remembers the Armenian massacres?”) and other documents such as the notorious forged Andonian Telegrams, these Armenian activists have been having a field day at the expense of Turkish/Ottoman history. If not checked, they will have Canadian students learn Turkish history from Armenian eyes.

Worse still, Turkish Canadians will be reduced to second-class citizens. Already Turkish Canadian students are being bullied and harassed even by teachers in schools teaching Armenian modules.

Turkish Canadians outraged

So now the Turkish Canadian community of Toronto is up in arms. They came by the hundreds to a Toronto and District School Board meeting on Jan. 16 to voice their anger. The Trustees were caught unawares. “We never expected so many to show up,” said one official, and the meeting had to be moved to an auditorium in order to accommodate everyone.

What happened in Toronto on Jan. 16 is a repetition of what took place at the Ottawa School Board some 18 years ago. At that time, thanks to the opposition of the Turkish Canadians in our national capital, the Armenian module was rejected.

It is hoped the same thing will happen in Toronto. But unfortunately that would not solve the problem. Turkish Canadians are unable to speak because Canadian news media is so pro-Armenian, it is virtually impossible to have the Turkish version of history heard.

Canada lacks a national education system. Even if the Toronto school board realizes the ethnic mess it got itself into, there is no guarantee that Armenian nationalists will not take their attack on Turkish history to some other school board.

Canadian schools may yet turn into ethnic battlegrounds unless a sane method is discovered to contain “homelandism,” i.e. politicians pandering to ethnic lobbies pursuing nationalist ideologies imported from some homeland overseas, sometimes resorting to terrorism in pursuit of national causes. Opportunistic politicians are ready to ignore these dangers for the sake of a few votes.

The irony is that Canadian school boards are hardly in a position to lecture anyone on how to face history. They can teach students Canadian history, for example, creating a module on a proclamation issued by the Governor in Council dating back to 1756, but still on the books, under which a scalp bounty of 25 or 30 British pounds was payable for every Native Canadian turned in to an official, dead or alive!

That is how the native population was exterminated. Of course, the proclamation has no force or effect today, but astonishingly the Canadian government refuses to rescind it as demanded by the First Nations of the country.
Source: http://www.danielnpaul.com/BritishScalpProclamation-1756.html


January 28, 2008 Özay MEHMET
* Özay Mehmet, Ph.D, is professor emeritus with the Carleton University, Canada. He can be contacted at Mehmet5010@rogers.com