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(video) NYC school teacher: Here's how you promote socialism in the classroom

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*Update: transcription wording

The Education Action Group Foundation posted the video above on Wednesday showing a March 20 teachers forum that took place recently in New York City according to the You Tube description:

Sarah Knopp, a Los Angeles teachers union leader (in the Tax the Rich shirt) and Megan Behrent a New York City teacher affiliated with the International Socialist Organization, explain how to push Marxism in the public school classroom.

Below is a transcript of the video above. The selfishness in here is unbelievable. There is no mention whatsoever about improving students’ reading or math skills. The pure intent is how to use the classroom as an indoctrination machine for socialist and marxist ideas and hide it at the same time.

(All emphasis is mine)

Sarah Knopp:

 If you want to really achieve the goal that most teachers set out to do when they first started out as teachers and really be part of the process of human enlightenment…human emancipation, love of learning— they have an awakening that happens in people,which is the reason why a lot of us get into teaching. (in-audible)…get to do that. You have to be involved struggles for economic justice and to change the economic priorities of this system and to change the economic system as a whole, because so many of us teachers spend so much time and frustration, we get to the classrooms to empower our student and within the context in which we’re teaching it’s nearly impossible to ask to give an example of what some of the things we can do to be empowering.


Megan Behrent:

How do you act as a teacher…in a classroom? Kind of promote ideas of Marxism or kind of begin to (in-audible)? Ya’ know, I think part of it is, particularly at the high school level or at an elementary school level, you have to be careful, because your job…they want you to stick to fairly narrow things and that can be fairly frustrating about it. You can do it wherever you possibly can.

Part of it is just actually allowing for room for critical thought in the classroom  and allowing for students to think for themselves to talk about issues wherever it’s possible to bring in history and you know…radical from the past… fight for that kind of thing. And I think there is space to do that. There is limitations that we have to do to try to provide that room in our classrooms. I think that radicals and socialists have a particular role to play in fighting for that type of education and bringing it whenever possible, but I also think that it’s extremely important as a teacher for me to think that its not just what I do in the classroom, its about the future of my students as thinkers, as actors, etcetera…, but its actually what I do outside of the classroom that’s even more important. 

It’s organizing the teachers, It’s organizing the parents and working together, actually to fight for an entirely different kind of educational system and for our world where my students aren’t confined to jobs at McDonalds but can actually, ya’know, learn what to learn because it matters to them, so it will be a way for them to decide for themselves what their world looks like and what they want to do. And that’s the kind of…We have to be able to do both of those kinds of things. Fight that kind of world for a complete transformation.

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Kerry Picket

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Kerry Picket, a former Opinion Blogger/Editor of The Watercooler, was associate producer for the Media Research Center, a content producer for Robin Quivers of "The Howard Stern Show" on Sirius satellite radio and a production assistant and copy writer at MTV.

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