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Teachers Union Prez: 'I'm Going to Punch You in the Face and Push You in the Dirt'

Either you're with Michael Mulgrew, or he's going to knock you in the dirt.

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Are you skeptical that the Common Core education standards will significantly improve school outcomes, given their massive cost and cumbersome standardized testing requirements? Why, you must be some kind of insane conspiracy theorist!

Michael Mulgrew, president of New York City's United Federation of Teachers, remarked at a convention last month that only crazy people could possibly oppose Common Core. (His comments were not widely publicized until late last week.)

"I've heard the stories about how Eli Broad, Bill Gates, Joel Klein, and a flying saucer full of Martians designed these things to brainwash us all," he said, according to The New York Daily News.

It's a cheap shot, although it's nothing compared to what he said next, regarding activists who are trying to presure legislatures to move away from Common Core:

"So I stand here in support for [Common Core] for one simple reason. If someone takes something from me, I'm going to grab it right back out of their cold, twisted, sick hand, and say it is mine. You don't take what is mine. And I'm going to punch you in the face and push you in the dirt."

Charming.

Really, this is petty tribalism at its most obvious. Mulgrew comes across as flatly disinterested in the actual policy; what he cares about is getting his goon squad fired up about one thing or another (note that the audience—presumably public school teachers—applauds his suggestion of violence). For union leadership, every issue is a fight, and any group that stands in opposition to the official union position is an enemy that needs to be beaten into submission.

Many teachers, and even some teachers unions, have actually joined conservatives and libertarians in opposition to Common Core. That's because they recognize that centrally-mandated solutions to the national education problem are unlikely to work—even if such a diverse ideological coalition won't agree on anything else.

But that's beside the point. For some interest groups, if you're not a friend, you're enemy. Either you're with Mulgrew, or he's going to knock you in the dirt.

Hat tip: Richard Thompson / Rare

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192 responses to “Teachers Union Prez: 'I'm Going to Punch You in the Face and Push You in the Dirt'

  1. You vote cream puffs into union leadership, next thing you know you’re accountable for your job performance.

  2. You know what persuades me that Common Core was a bad idea? The behavior of its supporters.

    1. Same thing that convinces me that most progressive ideas are terrible.

      For a group that likes to call other people stupid and uneducated, I’ve met far more intellectual knuckledraggers among progressives than any other political group.

      1. Progressive policies – so good that they are mandatory.

      2. For a group that likes to call other people stupid and uneducated

        Yeah. We never do that.

        1. Idiots are always calling other people idiots. Hey, wait a second.

          1. True. 🙂 I’m talking more about the “anti-science” and “anti-education” slurs progressives fling about, despite their rejection of actual scientific method or results-based education policies.

    2. Couldn’t agree more. And they wonder why the public perception of unions has eroded?

  3. “So I stand here in support for [Common Core] for one simple reason. If someone takes something from me, I’m going to grab it right back out of their cold, twisted, sick hand, and say it is mine.

    That he refers to it as something that is “his” is all I need to know about this guy.

    1. It’s all I need to know about Common Core.

    2. Suddenly progressives are concerned about property rights, though unfortunately a centrally controlled curriculum in compulsorily attended schools is not an example of property. Baby steps…

      1. They act as though they thought the students were.

        1. think the students are.

          1. They are. That’s why being delinquent from state masters is called “truancy” and is a criminal act.

    3. If he wants it he can keep it. WE don’t want it….

  4. So, what does he think of teachers who are strongly opposed to Common Core? There are many of them. Are they just heretics who need to be purged?

    1. Kulak splitters will be handled even more harshly.

      1. After watching several ISIS snuff films, I can testify that nothing is treated more harshly than an apostate.

  5. “When schoolchildren start paying union dues, that’s when I’ll start representing the interests of school children.”

    – Albert Shanker, former president of the United Federation of Teachers and the American Federation of Teachers.

    1. Why do teachers have a voice in making policy? It’s like McDonald’s letting local crews determine the menu.

      1. That’s what labor activists want. Taking over the means of production.

        1. You make them sound like Marxists.

          1. Actually, it is their own words which makes them sound like Marxists.

            1. They’re more like fascists than Marxists.

              1. more like douche bags than fascists

                1. Douche bag crypto-fascist Marx-blowers.

      2. The problem with the US “education” system is all the items on the multi-billion dollar menu are crap.

        1. That’s because you’re letting fry-cooks determine the menu.

          1. In a world that made more sense the customers would determine what items belong on the menu?

            1. Which is pretty much what McDonald’s does, despite the gnashing of teeth about their awful ways. The consumers as a whole want what McDonald’s offers.

              1. But, people don’t know what’s good for them!

                1. Is there any question that we’d demand much, much, much more from education if it weren’t provided by the government? Because then we’d have the direct pain of getting crap for what we’re spending.

                2. And Progressives, despite evidence to the contrary, are People. They went control over their fellows. It wouldn’t be good for them. They must be denied it.

                  1. Progressives don’t have souls and are therefore unclean things with no humanity.

                    So anything you do to one is ok.

              2. It’s the producers, the job makers, who are the true primary consumers of the end products of the education system?

                1. But the parents have their children’s best interest in mind. They want their children (for the most part) to be successful and have a good experience in school. If the parents can choose exactly how to educate their children or have a (real) choice for where to send them, the end product should be good.

                  1. See how distorted everything gets when market forces are shunted away? If parents were writing checks for education, then there would be no question about this issue. Sure, the parents themselves would be inclined to want educations that benefited their kids in the workforce, but it would still be the consumer who would primarily drive the curriculum.

                    Even private schools in this state-run “market” are insanely distorted by the public school system.

                  2. I’d add a caveat to that, brian. I’m sure Christian Scientists believe they have their children’s best interest in mind when they attempt to pray away their child’s systemic infection as opposed to using secular medicine; however, the end product isn’t usually good.

                    If there were a market for education, parents would be motivated to become educated consumers of the product so that they could make informed choices as to the type of education they want for their children.

                    1. But why shouldn’t Christian Scientists have the same opportunity to give their children the education they see as best for them? It might not be the best education by your standards or mine, but that’s not for me to decide.

                    2. That’s not what I’m saying, brian.

          2. given that fry cooks is what the system produces, maybe it’s only right that they get to determine the menu…

      3. Why do teachers have a voice in making policy? It’s like McDonald’s letting local crews determine the menu.

        I’m all for local control and autonomy. Teachers and parents should be working together to determine appropriate curriculum, sans interference from these national organization trying to shove top-down solutions down our throats.

        1. That would make more sense than anything we’ve seen thus far. But, it would dilute the central authority, and endanger the power of the union. Therefore, won’t happen.

      4. No. It’s like McDonalds letting cows determine the men?

    2. He also almost destroyed the world with a nuclear bomb in the Woodie Allen movie sleeper 🙂

    3. So how did the world end?

      A man named Al Shanker go a hold of a nuclear weapon.

      1. I like his earlier, funnier Armageddons.

  6. Mulgrew comes across as flatly disinterested in the actual policy

    “Uninterested” is the word you want there. If he were truly disinterested with respect to the policy, that would be a good thing.

    1. A peeve of mine as well.

    2. H&R grammar pedants unite! Or should that be “usage pedants”? Either way, I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who caught that.

      1. Disinterest has no close synonym in the English language. Barbarians are literally annihilating the language, but I could care less.

        1. Barbarians are literally annihilating the language, but I could care less.

          ISWYDT

        2. I believe “couldn’t care less” is the better phrase.

          1. As I wrote in a post that disappeared: “Damn! I didn’t see that someone else had beat me by hours.”
            Well I could care less!!

        3. I suspect you mean you “couldn’t” care less. If you could care less, that means you do care at least a little (thanks Weird Al Yankovic!).

          1. The guy who proof-read Hitler’s speeches was literally a Grammar-Nazi.

  7. I want to join a union so I to can commit serious crimes with impunity.

    1. too* (Damn you Reason, I demand the right to edit my posts and if you don’t give it to me after I punch your lights outs I’m going to pry it out of your twisted, broken dead face! Mine! You understand? Mine!)

      1. The conspiracy theorist in me suspects your misspelling was intentional, just so you could post that. 🙂

        1. You two are in it together, I suspect.

          1. Is it tinfoil hat day again already?

            1. You mean we can take them off?

              1. That is just what they want you to do!

                *tightens foil hat*

              2. I just have a special conditioner and hair gel that coats my hair with a fine veneer of aluminum-diluthium crystals. It prevents mind control devices from reading my thoughts or influencing my behaviors and increases my killing powers. For only 4 easy payments of 74.99 it was a steal!

              3. Given the current condition of the world, it might be wiser to strap them on with duct tape.

            2. Shiny side OUT!

            3. What is tinfoil? Isn’t that the stuff your grandmother used that causes Alzheimer’s?

              1. Do both tinfoil and aluminum foil posess the same brainwave protecting qualities, or is one superior to the other?

              2. Grandmother smoked her marihuana in a pipe fashioned from a steel beer can. Pops smoked his through an aluminum can. And that’s why I’m kinda slow. At least that’s what ma says.

                1. They should have used toilet paper rolls.

        2. It been some form Freudian slip. Only my wounded inner spelling beester knows for sure.

  8. “So I stand here in support for [Common Core] for one simple reason. If someone takes something from me, I’m going to grab it right back out of their cold, twisted, sick hand, and say it is mine. You don’t take what is mine. And I’m going to punch you in the face and push you in the dirt.”

    He sees a policy that he supports as ‘his’? Anyone who has different ideas about what policy should be is ‘taking what is his’, justifying violence against them?

    Thuggery at it’s finest.

    1. Well, even if they have backed off a little on the fervent racism the unions have stayed loyal to their ultra violent roots.

    2. If he were actually teaching in a classroom, I’d love to see his students treat him this way.

    3. just put slavery in the ellipses and you can see what sort of attitude this really is.

  9. Fascists gunna fascist…

    1. Fascists and Marxists. Marxists and fascists. These union pigs have adopted the worst from both for themselves. FASXISM

        1. Reminds me of the great comedy Top Secret!.

      1. Farscism.

      2. Of course we’re talking the upper level union pigs. Once they get into real power, suddenly unions are forbidden because the “revolution has overcome” and the rank and file union dipshit gets his workbook and kick to the face. I have to laugh every time a see a union bumper sticker on an average pick up truck. He just doesn’t realize the consequence if Big Union actually won out. “Patriotism” of another kind kicks in the productive sector.

      3. That sounds like some kind of s sick dungeon porn I don’t ever want to see.

  10. Are you skeptical that the Common Core education standards will significantly improve school outcomes, given their massive cost and cumbersome standardized testing requirements? Why, you must be some kind of insane conspiracy theorist!

    Of course you are insane. How could collectivizing the “education” of tens of millions of children produce anything but success? Everyone knows the maxim “one size fits all” because it defines almost all of human existence.

  11. But that’s beside the point. For some interest groups, if you’re not a friend, you’re enemy. Either you’re with Mulgrew, or he’s going to knock you in the dirt.

    I’d say this is more about people whom Mulgrew already hates, which means anything they are for, he must be violently against.

    I thought teachers didn’t like Common Core because of all that evil performance measuring.

    1. I thought teachers didn’t like Common Core because of all that evil performance measuring.

      Meny don’t around where i live. the local teacher’s union stands with them.

  12. Having 6yo in a public skool, I’ve a come to learn a thing or two about the evil “Common Core”. It is self-paced and not teacher friendly.

    “I’ve heard the stories about how Eli Broad, Bill Gates, Joel Klein, and a flying saucer full of Martians designed these things to brainwash us all,” he said.

    He (Michael Mulgrew) does not understand the fate that awaits him.

    1. From what I have heard about the actual content of Common Core (which isn’t a whole lot, admittedly), it doesn’t sound like a bad thing. Seems like it realyl focuses on pretty universally useful skills. I wouldn’t like it to become mandatory nationally, but as a set of standards suggested to school systems, it seems pretty good.

      1. how did that kool-aid taste? just for reference you understand.

      2. I think one of the big problems with it is that the implementation is really, really, poor. I’ve seen some of the math problems and it really looks like, in the name of critcal thinking, they’ve just set up really badly worded problems. Also, some of the techniques, while maybe better long-term, take a very long time to train with.

        1. I’m sure that’s true, given the people that inevitably end up in charge of these things.

        2. The more things change ….

          Finally I come to a book that says, “Mathematics is used in science in many ways. We will give you an example from astronomy, which is the science of stars.” I turn the page, and it says, “Red stars have a temperature of four thousand degrees, yellow stars have a temperature of five thousand degrees . . .” — so far, so good. It continues: “Green stars have a temperature of seven thousand degrees, blue stars have a temperature of ten thousand degrees, and violet stars have a temperature of . . . (some big number).” There are no green or violet stars, but the figures for the others are roughly correct. It’s vaguely right — but already, trouble! That’s the way everything was: Everything was written by somebody who didn’t know what the hell he was talking about, so it was a little bit wrong, always! And how we are going to teach well by using books written by people who don’t quite understand what they’re talking about, I cannot understand. I don’t know why, but the books are lousy; UNIVERSALLY LOUSY!

          1. Anyway, I’m happy with this book, because it’s the first example of applying arithmetic to science. I’m a bit unhappy when I read about the stars’ temperatures, but I’m not very unhappy because it’s more or less right — it’s just an example of error. Then comes the list of problems. It says, “John and his father go out to look at the stars. John sees two blue stars and a red star. His father sees a green star, a violet star, and two yellow stars. What is the total temperature of the stars seen by John and his father?” — and I would explode in horror.

            My wife would talk about the volcano downstairs. That’s only an example: it was perpetually like that. Perpetual absurdity!

            —- Richard Feynman, “Judging Books by Their Covers”

          2. And they didn’t even mention cold stars? What kind of garbage are they teaching?

      3. The risk is how it’s used. Lazy teachers will just teach Common Core with no additional material and call it a day.

      4. When I have to return my second grader’s math homework unfinished with a note explaining we could not finish it because neither of us understand what the hell they want him to do….there’s a problem. Our upper level schools have responded by sending home notes to parents that if the kids don’t get it, let them know and they will work it out. No parent involvement in the homework allowed.

      5. It really isn’t. There’s a lot of FUD surrounding it, though. I think that some people are using it as a straw man for a more generalized suspicion of and dissatisfaction with the Obama administration and with the Fed in general. Which is ironic, because it was generated by a nonprofit who, to the best of my knowledge didn’t receive any federal funding. Obama linked Race to the Top grants with it, but CC isn’t itself anything to do with the fed or the Dept. of Ed.

        All the horror stories and scary indoctrination questions you hear about Common Core are the products of state boards of ed, which are themselves pretty horrifying. Common Core itself is just a set of standards, e.g. by 5th grade kids should be able to identify the difference between persuasive writing and factual writing, for instance. That’s it. People I’ve encountered who are rabidly against Common Core tend to either not really know anything about it or also have a lot to say about contrails and so forth.

        Funny thing is you also get people like this idiot who seem to think that Common Core is some sort of sweeping federal legislation that Dear Leader Obama spearheaded. Yeah, not so much. Non-binding set of non-compulsory standards, sort of like ANSI, or maybe the HTML spec released by W3.

  13. Why am I never at an event where something like this happens? I would give anything to have been there and stood up and yelled “come on fat boy, take your best shot. Come core sucks!! What you won’t come over? Can’t you see where I am? Did your hair get in your eyes?”

    I guess I don’t live well enough to ever be given the opportunity to do something like that.

    1. Why am I never at an event you’re at; recording video.

    2. Common core doesn’t suck, John. It is doing to education what should have been done a long time ago. Don’t react to this because it is promoted by libruls.

      1. That is not my point. It is not about common core. It is about someone standing up to assholes like this.

    3. Common core doesn’t suck, John. It is doing to education what should have been done a long time ago. Don’t react to this because it is promoted by libruls.

      1. Common Core isn’t going to fix the problem. The problem is that you can’t treat students like widgets (no offense). The optimal learning method is probably different for many. The acceptable learning methods are different enough that having several different pedagogical methods in your locality all equally accessible is probably going to give the best outcomes. If that was what people were trying to fix. Common Core is just another industrialized strategy for a post-industrial society, regardless of whether the quality of the methodology has improved.

        1. Diversity of everything but ideas, right?

          1. Remember, its not what you think, its how you look!

            1. Soft Corinthian teachers.

              1. From Cordoba?

        2. The problem is that you can’t treat students like widgets (no offense).

          This is exactly what the common core doesn’t do. As I said, it is self-paced.

          Weigh the Wangdoodles:

          http://www.mathplayground.com/wangdoodles.html

          3 equations, 3 variables. I got all Foghorn Leghorn with my boy about this. Ya see boy you solve equation 1 by solving for y in equation 2 and replacing x with z in equation 3 before putting it in equation 2. About 10 minutes after he figured it out for himself.

          1. Maybe you lucked out, or maybe I’ve only seen the crap that floats to the top, but: http://dailycaller.com/2014/02…..d-a-moron/

            1. The problem is that CC wants to do Singapore Math, but without actually using Singapore Math…so you get half-assed math curriculum and instruction.

          2. Not self paced at my kid’s school.

            Oh, and the math moves ahead before mastery of a topic is attained, so I get to buy extra text books and spend my nights filling in the gaps.

          3. This is exactly what the common core doesn’t do. As I said, it is self-paced

            No it’s not. It doesn’t even bother with the basics. It assumes that everyone can learn math by being taught the “tricks” of solving math problems and that a solid grounding the principles of mathematics aren’t required.

            It’s a top-down curriculum that pretends to hold teachers accountable. Reality can go fuck itself because hey, we got spreadsheets.

          4. This is exactly what the common core doesn’t do. As I said, it is self-paced.

            Wow, I knew that the Top. Men were really good at making stuff happen but I did not know that they had actually made a “common” curriculum that was based upon individuality.

            And here I thought collectivism and individualism were opposites.

            1. Sigh.

              It’s not a curriculum. It’s a set of objectives, not a curriculum, series of questions, test materials, or anything else. It’s also created and maintained by a nonprofit, not the government, and adoption is entirely up to state boards of ed. So, if you have a problem with how “common core” is being adopted in your area, you actually have a problem with your board of ed. And if they’re fucking up Common Core I’m going to guess that this isn’t the first time they’ve done something stupid.

      2. Does it still assume the best way to educate is through coercion? Yes?

        Then it fucking sucks.

        1. Oh for heaven’s sake, mommies will coerce their children to gain survival skills forever and ever. Amen.

          1. You’re right, my wife forcing my son to take a bath and brush his teeth is the same thing as having one forced standard for education.

        2. What on earth are you talking about? Could you please go find what the penalty for noncompliance with Common Core is and not post anything else until you do?

          Spoiler: I could have put almost the entirety of that last sentence in sarcastic quotes.

  14. “So I stand here in support for [Common Core] for one simple reason. If someone takes something from me, I’m going to grab it right back out of their cold, twisted, sick hand, and say it is mine.”

    The violence-fantasy/hatred of people who disagree with them is kinda progressive par for the course. Meanwhile, what he’s really talking about when he says “mine”, you know, is other people’s children.

    He’s talking about what to do with other people’s children like he’s Gollum talking about the ring. My prescioussssssssssssss!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVtFjZV3oYk

  15. Last weekend I read the The Cult of Common Core. It’s a great, quick read that explains a lot of the motivations and backstory behind the movement.

    1. Don’t call it a movement. It’s no more of a ‘movement’ than the the central planners of the Soviet Politburo were a movement.

      1. soooo it’s more like a bowel movement?

        1. That’s being generous.

    2. Common Core will do for education quality what ObamaCare will do for the health care.

      Both promise so much hope and change!

      If you’re unpersuaded about the unicorn-goodness of Common Core, I suggest a cold glass of KoolAid.

    3. You know what’s an even quicker read, and much more informative if you’re actually interested in learned debate?

      This.

  16. There’s nothing more intimidating than a fat slob in a pink tie. Let’s all try not to shit ourselves at once.

  17. If someone takes something from me, I’m going to grab it right back out of their cold, twisted, sick hand, and say it is mine. You don’t take what is mine. And I’m going to punch you in the face and push you in the dirt.

    I thought when someone takes something from you, you were supposed to calmly call the police and do nothing to defend yourself or your property.

    1. I wonder if this rage-ape has heard of concealed carry?

      1. I first read that as rape-age and thought, “he’s way too old to rape”

        1. and too ugly to be an ape?

    2. Nah, unionists aren’t progressives except where it helps to give them more political influence.

  18. Why do teachers have a voice in making policy? It’s like McDonald’s letting local crews determine the menu.

    I ran into a guy I sort of know, one evening; he is on the school board, and was with another school board member. They had apparently just finished a board meeting. I had had just the right mount of beer to say, “Well I hope you guys remember you work for the taxpayers, and not the teachers’ union.” The other guy got kind of sniffy about that.

    1. It’s this weird disconnect between the consumers of a service and those who are supposed to be providing a service worth paying for.

      1. It is a frequent bait and switch. My older sister is a hospice worker. She insists on naming the people who receive the benefits of her work as “clients”. The fact that they pay nothing does not enter into her “mind”.

  19. I thought when someone takes something from you, you were supposed to calmly call the police and do nothing to defend yourself or your property.

    It’s not vigilantism when THEY do it.

  20. “So I stand here in support for [Common Core] for one simple reason. If someone takes something from me, I’m going to grab it right back out of their cold, twisted, sick hand, and say it is mine. You don’t take what is mine. And I’m going to punch you in the face and push you in the dirt.”

    Can I put “gun rights” in the square brackets and post it in the comments the next gun control article? With attribution of course.

    1. Yes. Gun rights are inaliable rights.

      Is Common Core an inaliable right?

      1. *waits for reply with popcorn*

        This should be good.

      2. It is now. In fact, there is an Amendment to that effect in the shadow copy of the Constitution which, oddly, only Progressives can access.

  21. What’s hilarious is that Common Core has its genesis in the standards-based education reform movement that was initiated by Republicans after the Nation at Risk report of 1983.

    1. I think common core is more technical than political. Technique.

      The sensible rebuttal to the common core technique comes from the squinshed eyebrows. You are widely deploying it before bench testing it.

      1. No, it is very political. The Federal government’s tying of Race to the Top funding to adoption of Common Core State Standards was a naked attempt to usurp local control of education to increase the power of the Dept. of Ed.

        1. Yes, but that’s not a fault of Common Core, that’s a feature of our Community Organizer in Chief’s Chicago Gangsterland style of politics. And that even mentioning Common Core makes otherwise rational people lose their minds says more about the taint of Obama’s interest and favor than it does about the actual merits of the standards.

      2. Once you centralize something in the hands of the Feds, it is inherently political.

        Unless the wise solons that sit on some mountain top devising common core are somehow immune to influence.

    2. Typical Republicanism, then. Republicans fought against making a Department of Education at the cabinet level (as they should have), but once they lost it was “well if you can’t beat’em, join’em”. It didn’t happen all at once, but since WWII, the Republican Party simply became the socially conservative wing of the Democratic Party, and anyone with any notion of Old Right became libertarian, and is now an “extremist”.

  22. I bet this dude is awesome at intimidating the boys in his gym class.

    1. and fondling their buttucks too no doubt…

  23. I understand why union leaders in the past were violent blowhards, given that the unions were largely blue collar factory workers. But for a teachers’ union rep to talk like this makes no sense.

    1. But for a teachers’ union rep to talk like this makes no sense.

      Why? It seems this inherently assumes that thuggish behavior is somehow or another purely the province of blue collar factory workers. That isn’t at all clear to me. I’ve known union blue collar workers who would find this kind of talk imbecilic and I’ve known teachers who eat this sort of thing up. Educated is not the same as intelligent.

    2. But for a teachers’ union rep to talk like this makes no sense.

      Nostalgia.

  24. Correct me if I am wrong, but aren’t these same people who, back in 2010, accused Tea Party activists of “thuggish” behavior at Congressional “town hall” meetings? And who claimed that “overheated political rhetoric” caused assassination attempts on elected officials?

    1. Self-awareness is not a strength of the left.

      1. I live in very progressive town in Southern California. Those “Obama 2012” stickers didn’t peal themselves off those Prius bumpers.

        1. I live in very progressive town in Southern California

          Is there another kind of town in SoCal I’m unaware of?

          1. As opposed to Yorba Linda.

            1. I consider everything south of the 10 to be Mexico.

              1. That’s a bit broad. Florida is mostly south of I-10.

                When I’m in LA, it always amuses me for some reason to know that I can go home by just getting on I-10 and making a right on I-75. Take that, GPS!

          2. Fair enough. I live in SWPL suburb of Los Angeles, not Riverside.

            1. Turning on Obama, which should’ve happened before he took office, doesn’t really mean the repudiation of any idea. Just him. He’s done, anyway, even if he weren’t the lamest duck in Lametown.

              1. They’re already turning on him a bit (albeit through silence rather than condemnation since that would be racist), but their thesis is that he just wasn’t proggie enough. Elizabeth Warren is the new hero and will be our next president. FSM have mercy on our souls.

                1. I think that’s a bridge too far, even as screwed up as things are right now.

          3. San Diego is very “purple”.

    2. There’s no Left or Right with people like this. Just Power and Those to Weak to take it!!!!!

      1. Those to Weak to take it

        Really gotta work on those “too”s briannnnn

        1. DAMN IT! I usually yell at myself for grammar mistakes before anyone else notices 🙁

          1. A lot of the homeless in my area share the same tendency.

            1. Hahahaha. But they don’t generally have access to a computer. Or the responsibility to shape young minds. Does this frighten you????

              1. I’m a libertarian. Everything frightens me.

                1. I thought all libertarians are heavily armed.

  25. Michael Mulgrew should take care. Sometimes bullies take on more than they can handle. He might find that HIS face is the one in the dirt, and the pressure at the back of his head is the business end of a 9mm.

    People can get pretty serious about the welfare of their children.

    1. Remind me never to date your daughter.

  26. Is there, in fact, a difference between a public employee’s union and a criminal conspiracy to defraud the public?

    1. Public employee unions aren’t illegal?

      1. But they should be.

        This should make everyone furious. Federal employees union makes it impossible for supervisors to track tele workers productivity.

        http://www.washingtonpost.com/…..story.html

  27. Teachers need old school strong arm union leaders because their intrinsic value is near zero and in many cases is actually underwater.

    We now have the technology not only to put all human knowledge online but to do so in a format which is interactive, dramatic and entertaining.

    For a fraction of what we now spend on an ineffective, bloated bureaucracy masquerading as an education system, every U.S. citizen could learn anything they want, at their own pace, without having to drive or live miles away from their home, without going into debt and without suffering through boring lectures that are more of a boost for the professors’ (or graduate assistants’) egos than a learning experience for the student.

    The annual budget for the U.S. Department of Education is over $100 billion. For one percent of that ($1 billion) we could allocate $500,000 per course to create 2,000 online courses per year. With that kind of budget, we could quickly produce courses that are thorough, concise, interactive, dramatic and entertaining.

    The average bachelor degree consists of only about 40 courses, masters and doctorates about half that. Within three years, we could have virtually every course currently offered at the university level in every field from bachelor to masters to doctorate available online for all U.S. citizens — for free — with those completing the programs receiving an accredited degree from the United States Academy of Technology.

    1. Absolutely agree and brilliant but it will never happen. Because it isn’t about education; it’s about control and indoctrination and money and power for the controllers/indoctrinator’s who are government bureaucrats and teacher’s and educational unions.

      The educational system is a system of war and profit. It is a war against parental rights and a true education which allows children to use their intelligence, talents and skills to their advantage rather than the advantage of the bureaucrat, union, and business leader. Because it is a system of profit, children are the pawns used to increase the profits of the warmongers. The war for the minds of the children is a political, economic, and social war, like the culture war, where the shaping of the mind must conform to the will of those in power and with money.

    2. The annual budget for the U.S. Department of Education is over $100 billion. For one percent of that ($1 billion) we could allocate $500,000 per course to create 2,000 online courses per year. With that kind of budget, we could quickly produce courses that are thorough, concise, interactive, dramatic and entertaining.

      Completely unnecessary. You are apparently unfamiliar with Khan Academy. They already have thousands of online courses and I don’t think it costs the taxpayer a cent. Of course, no worthless bureaucrats are employed this way, which is the real basis for public “education”.

    3. Have you seen the Obamacare website ?

  28. This is what teachers want to represent them to the public?

    1. I think that that a large percentage of them do not but the government/union cabal doesn’t give them any choice in the matter.

  29. Remember, it’s only those EVUL right wingers who threaten their opponents with violence.

    Whatever, that fat scumbag blowhard looks like he’d probably have a massive coronary from the effort required to throw a punch. Not much of a threat, IOW.

  30. Rob Ford is now a teachers union boss?

  31. This point has already been made, but it bears repeating: The education of my children is NOT YOURS, Mr. Mulgrew!

    Also: Really, the only reason you support Common Core is that you believe that you have some right to have it implemented? You don’t support it because you think it’s good policy. You support it because it’s “MINE! MINE! I’m Telling! MOMMY!”

  32. I would like to take Mulgrew up on his offer. It would be quite enjoyable to take the opportunity to beat this Marxist moron within an inch of his life.

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