On Martin Luther King Day: Another Plagiarist of Color

Kathy Shaidle, VDARE, January 20, 2013

[For more on MLK Day, see When Records Are Sealed—A Meditation On Martin Luther King Day]

Not that long ago in internet history, the truth about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s nasty little plagiarism habit was confined to “white supremacist” websites.

For whatever reason, the indisputable fact that MLK ripped off other writers has evolved over the past few years from “evil racist lie” toshrugged-off common knowledge. When I see hip, semi-respectable sites writing matter-of-factly about MLK’s sticky fingers, it gives me hope that other “forbidden” topics will one day make the same journey to acceptability. (HBD, anyone?)

Anyway: what better way to mark Martin Luther King Day than by telling the story of another plagiarizing black “doctor” and lefty role model.

This one’s name is Chris Spence, and in a neat twist, he’s Canadian. That means he won’t get Monday off work—not that it matters now. He was forced to resign from his job as Director of Education at the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) anyhow, after his cut-and-paste career came to light this month.

Born in Britain, of Jamaican heritage, Spence moved to Canada at age three. After an injury ended his stint as a running back for the Canadian Football League’s BC Lions, he went back to school. Eventually, Spence snagged a Doctor of Education degree from one of Toronto’s more notorious hotbeds of leftwing lunacy, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE.)

He joined the TDSB in 2009, and proceeded to steer the School Board in an even more “progressive” direction—something few would have considered possible.

On Spence’s watch, the Toronto District School Board:

While all this was going on, Chris Spence was busily burnishing his public image as a caring, concerned educator. A backstory that blended athleticism and academics made him the perfect male role model to the city’s “urban” youth, a To Sir With Love for Toronto’simmigration-created Jane-Finch ghetto.

That is, until the first week of this year. After being tipped off by an alert reader, the city’s doctrinaire liberal Toronto Star newspaper was forced to apologize after a January 5 op-ed “by” Chris Spence turned out to contain “substantial unattributed material from several other sources.” [Without school sports, everyone losessee “Public Editor’s note”]

As tends to happen these days, this instance of plagiarism prompted a far-and-wide investigation of Spence’s other writings. Sure enough, a rival paper uncovered more embarrassing examples. [Toronto school board director Chris Spence may have plagiarized multiple articles, Megan O’Toole and Chris Selley,  January 10, 2013] His supposedly heartfelt post at his personal blog about talking to his son about the Sandy Hook massacre turned out to be someAmerican woman’s personal account, but with the ages and names changed.

The most serious revelation of all: Spence’s 1996 Ed. D. thesis contained numerous passages copied from unattributed sources.

Sound familiar?

As one local education blogger noted, Spence’s cheating in that instance was particularly idiotic: OISE has such “ridiculously low standards that he could have written a 120 word essay about his feelings and still have been awarded an advance degree from them.”

Ironically, as Toronto columnist Barbara Kay pointed out, Spence was fired for doing the same thing countless students get away with every day, thanks to the Toronto District School Board’s own “progressive” pedagogical polices:

Because even if [a teacher] does detect [plagiarism], there’s no payoff — that is, no consequence for the student. Instead of dealing with it summarily as a matter between herself and the student, she must follow a time-consuming, documented protocol, during which parents are notified and all attend a meeting with administration, who may or may not compel the student to attend a ‘plagiarism/academic integrity course.’

But in the end it doesn’t matter, because inevitably the student is allowed to rewrite the assignment with no marking penalty. In truth, because politicians, school boards and administrators are obsessed with elevating graduation rates, and increasingly willing to pass students at any cost, it is correspondingly difficult for disempowered teachers to punish students for anything at all. [There will be no do-overs for Chris SpenceJanuary 16, 2013]

These “standards” are in place across Canada. An Edmonton teacher was fired last year for refusing to abide by his school’s “no-zero policy”—that is, for daring to actually fail poorly performing students. (He’s now working in the private sector, where they appreciate him.)

Alas, that teacher didn’t get the same generous separation settlement that Chris Spence has ended up with: what amounts toabout $200,000 in unpaid salary plus banked unused sick- and vacation days.

Some of that cash is apparently going into the coffers of a public relations firm: Spence has signed up as a client of Daisy Consulting, run by notorious Liberal Party operative Warren Kinsella (no stranger to controversy himself.)

It’s unclear whether or not it was Daisy’s idea for Spence to help repair his shattered reputation by announcing his intention to enroll in a Ryerson University ethics course. [Spence doesn’t make sense, prof saysRyerson EyeOpener, January 15, 2013]

The punch line to this sorry saga of Affirmative Action in action: That course’s instructor says “Dr.” Chris Spence, once the city’s great black hope, isn’t qualified to take the class.

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  • The__Bobster

    Coming soon to America….if it’s not already here.

    • The questionably accurate online encyclopedia lists his age as “50 or 51.” Which means he isn’t yet old enough, he can get 3 or 4 stints in as the stupor-intendent of a major American black urban public school district in before he can finally retire to Tahiti.

  • This fool is nuts! If I had a child in his school, I would either homeschool or put the child in private school.

    • Home schooling will be outlawed before the country crumbles.

      From CNN:

      Highest per-pupil spending

      Washington, D.C. – $18,667
      New York – $18,618
      New Jersey – $16,841
      Alaska – $15,783
      Vermont – $15,274
      Wyoming – $15,169
      Connecticut – $14,906
      Massachusetts – $14,350
      Maryland – $13,738
      Rhode Island – $13,699

      Lowest per-pupil spending
      Utah – $6,064
      Idaho – $7,106
      Arizona – $7,848
      Oklahoma – $7,896
      Tennessee – $8,065
      Mississippi – $8,119
      North Carolina – $8,409
      Nevada – $8,483
      Florida –$8,741
      Texas – $8,746

      Crystal, do you think you could provide a better education for 15 students of your choice in some of those areas in your basement? What if you banded together with two or three friends and created age appropriate home schooling? Could you in some of those areas provide a free lunch to a few deserving students in those areas if needed, based just on the education cost received alone?

      I am really surprised Illinois didn’t make the list, but I suspect that the state (other than Chicago, and the wealthy burbs) is being screwed.

  • Recommended that children have sex with vegetables as a way to “develop healthy relationships”

    I think if somebody dids a little deeper into the clown, they’re going to find some serious skeletons (still continuing to perform sex acts) in his closet.

  • bigone4u

    I think we’ve just been introduced to Obama’s next Secretary of Education. Hope and change we can all believe in.
    BTW, I checked out his name on Huffington Post. The liberal rag is reporting the plagiarism accusation and his resignation, but none of the rest of the story. No wonder liberal news sources can’t be trusted.

    • Xerxes22

      Liberals are not allowed to write or say any thing that makes their pets look bad. That is why the msm must censor Black on White Crime.If they break the rule they will be shunned by other Liberals and they may even lose their cushy jobs.

  • Garrett Brown

    Sex with vegetables? Men allowed to go into female restrooms? This is terrifying….

  • Wait until the affirmative action doctors start killing humans. The HNIC has 4 more years to destroy our country.

    • OlderWoman

      Your comment may be deleted for using that acronym…mine was deleted a few days ago.

  • pathetic state of affairs

    Hamites of the cursed negroid race are all the same type sex perverts. Could it also be possible that homosexuals who are white have some form of Hamite blood in them through a genetic mixture from long ago?
    The destroyed documents of 150 years ago in the south advised that Lincoln injected his 2 million man army with 2% negroid blood and this is why they were such savage vicious white hating white killing animals who looted, raped, murdered, assaulted, ravaged and burned white
    property and civilians for 5 years that was clearly shown as fact with Sherman who hid nothing.
    Whatever these savages from Lincoln did to the white race in the south is still ingrained in their souls so it must have been a massive coverup revisionism that caused suuch animostity and hatred toward the north and west ever since.
    The words of JW Booth was never revised because too many people heard what he uttered after killing the criminal in Ford Theater.

  • Karin

    “We as a
    nation must
    undergo a
    machines and
    motives and
    rights, are
    than people,
    the giant
    triplets of
    incapable of

    Luther King,
    Jr., April
    4, 1967. Racism has been conquered. Materialism and militarism soon to follow