Teachers’ Union Boss Wants to Push Opponents of Common Core in the Dirt

by Molly Wharton

A teachers’ union president wants to punch Common Core critics in the face.

A video that surfaced Thursday showed Michael Mulgrew, the president of New York’s United Federation of Teachers, launching a violent rant against those who oppose the Common Core Standards Initiative.

He spoke of the “sick people” who were trying to take the standards and tests away from the teachers. 

“If someone takes something from me, I’m going to grab it right back out of their cold, twisted sick hands and say it is mine!” he threatened. “You do not take what is mine!”

Mulgrew had another warning for critics of Common Core. “I’m going to punch you in the face and push you in the dirt because this is the teachers’!” he said.

Wrapping up his speech, he added, “You sick people need to deal with us and the children that we teach. Thank you very much!”

According to the New York Daily News, Mulgrew made his comments at a convention in Los Angeles last month, where teachers and union leaders debated a resolution that called on the American Federation of Teachers to continue to support Common Core implementation.

An anonymous member of the audience told the Daily News that the union boss’s speech was “scary,” and noted, “people were saying that he shouldn’t be around children.”

The video was posted by Ed Notes Online, an education blog. 

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