Skip to comments.Chicago Teachers Union VP Busted Participating in Midwest Marxism Conference
Posted on 12/05/2012 8:02:03 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
While a guest on a local Chicago radio show, Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) VP Jesse Sharkey was questioned over his recent participation in the Midwest Marxism Conference and refused to answer why he was there and what relationship the Chicago Teachers Union has with the conference and sponsoring organization, the International Socialists Organization. Sharkey, who was documented by Breitbart News attending the Marxist conference at Northwestern University last month, appeared caught off-guard and struggled to respond to the question.
WLS radios Bruce Wolf and Dan Proft had Sharkey on their show to discuss the ongoing school closing battle between the CTU and the Chicago Public Schools. Sharkey had been discussing the Chicago Teachers Unions network of coalitions that supported the recent teachers strike, when Proft asked him to address the unions relationship with revolutionary movements.
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WOW! I would have thought it would have been proudly displayed as a badge of honor. Idiots! But, it seems more and more like they are in control sadly. Go pathetic nation looking for unicorns and rainbows. Fed up? Yup I am.
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There was no hiding it. Teachers were glad to attend and it was more than a single union prez. There was a whole column mention of the conflab and that the teachers were attending, reported in a manner that it was nothing extraordinary.
You know, in that way where it’s you who are odd for dropping your jaw over it.
Just another Democrat infecting our country. Democrats ARE Marxists. Heck, there’s one in the White House right now.
Sickening. Our nation is so screwed.
As long as education is in the hands of the government, there is no possibility of improvement.
WHAT THE HELL HAS HAPPENED TO AMERICA?????
Just look at the schedule of subjects. Unbelievable. How can thinking people want marxism???
They wear red for a reason.
Its our own fault. If candidates for state boards of education and elective university seats had gotten as many votes as Romney, we could have taken nearly every state level education related seat in the country.
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You answer your own question. They aren't "thinking" people. Reminds me of a great Ronald Maximus quote ....
Putting Republicans in charge of a socialist system is more likely to turn the Republicans into socialists than to make many improvements. Even if systems were under strictly local control, the fact that it’s tax-funded takes responsibility away from the actual users, and therefore takes decision-making away from the actual users.
A government system will always tend to drive out competitors, because the lack of a funding limit eliminates constraints on spending. The government interest-group (politicians, employees, consumers) can legislate against competition by setting requirements that private enterprise cannot meet within their costs constraints.
The more the system expands, the more every decision becomes a death-struggle, because every unit and every student will be affected by it. As employees become more numerous, they conceive of themselves as a “stakeholder” whose interests oppose those of the public and the students.
Etc., and so on ... and also, you knew all this ;-).
Then I guess the marxist factories will keep happily pumping out marxists and we will lose.
End of story.
That is what I expect will happen ... unless we have the global economic collapse and the lights all go out.
It is kind of these commie scum to give the people a place to voice your “support” for their traitorous ways... http://www.chicagosocialists.org/contact
The future is bleak.
There’s no hope of a win anyway as long as we only try to fight the end result.
This crap didn’t come from nowhere. It came from US looking the other way as Bill Ayers and his kind were allowed to infect the whole educational system at its root.
If we don’t have what it takes to fight it now, we have no chance of ever winning in the long run. While we fight the convenient battles, they win every one we don’t bother to fight.
That's true. However, I believe there's little to be gained from fighting for control of a system that is anti-republican (in the philosophical sense, not the party label) from the get-go. The government should not be running schools. In that situation, it is absolutely guaranteed that the schools will operate for the benefit of the government, no matter what individuals make up the management.
What’s the big deal just Obama giving another speech.
So what’s the plan?
“So whats the plan?”
We have to have the perseverance of the communists in the education system. This will take decades to resolve but ONLY if we act and it is within our power. Remember it took decades for communist union teachers to implement the goals of the Communist Manifesto.
If every Conservative would vow to whenever possible keep their children and grandchildren out of public schools either by Home Schooling (if the time is available), Private Schools (if the funds are available) or at bare minimum a Charter School with more conservative leanings we could begin to develop a new generation of kids with an understanding of what used to make this country great and why right now it sucks.
We cannot possibly expect not to be completely overrun by the communists if we continue to send our children to these Marxist Union Teacher infested indoctrination centers and expect anything but a communist outcome.
I fear we will be in “Re-education camps” or dead at the bottom of a ditch long before that’s allowed to happen...
“I fear we will be in Re-education camps or dead at the bottom of a ditch long before thats allowed to happen...”