Common Core Advocacy Goes Violent


Michael Mulgrew – President of United Federation of Teachers

Nothing says “hey let’s have an open dialogue about Common Core” like a threat of violence.

Michael Mulgrew is the president of the United Federation of Teachers, a union for teachers in New York City Schools, who is apparently passionate about the Common Core State Standards.

New York Daily News reports that during an hour long debate on the Common Core during the American Federation of Teachers Convention last month he said during his remarks, “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, and I am going to punch you in the face and push you in the dirt because this is the teachers!  These are our tools and you sick people need to deal with us and the children we teach.”

Heaven forbid that as a parent I don’t want you to use your tools on my kids.

What a tool.

There was equal passion on the side who opposed Common Core, but they were somehow able to refrain from issuing physical threats.

Ed Notes posted a video of excerpts of the debate including Mulgrew’s remarks that you can watch below:


  1. Gail Miller says

    Liberals are some sick, scary people.. I do not associate with them what so ever and never will.. Violent, horrible people..

    • Jordy says

      Wth do liberals have to do with this?? Clearly you are uneducated about this matter. I’m a teacher who dislikes common core. I feel it’s a joke and feel it really doesn’t teach children better. I’m pretty liberal. Why is it always a liberal or conservative thing? Think before you start your hatred comments that have NOTHING to add to an article.

      • fahagen says

        Generalizations are never completely accurate, but please visit the comment sections where progressives dwell and you will see that the majority of the responses to people who disagree with them is violent rhetoric and name-calling.

      • AppraisHer says

        I didn’t think most teachers were smart enough to use a strawman argument, which means you probably aren’t a real teacher, you just play one online.

      • Reneé Kunkel says

        OBVIOUSLY HE IS NOT! Liberals are those who have been yanking the educational system into the hell hole it’s become. Walk any campus with a GOP tee on and you’ll be attacked, swarmed. Offer up a conservative opinion and you’ll be arrested.
        It’s trickled down into the -k-12 school systems and I for one- think you all should be ashamed of yourselves.
        Liberalism aside- you shouldn’t be teaching children WHAT to think but HOW. AND you should be keeping your personal politics to yourselves!

        • Goofy1954 says

          Mainly because when you present them with facts they have nothing left but insults threats and violence. Fact is that common core is an indoctrination of our children in the way the government wants them taught and what they want them taught. Some of common core seeks to leave out parts of history and the people that lived it.Already talk about removing the names of such people as James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin,and Abraham Lincoln just to name some.

          • NYmom1 says

            Amen to that one, it is an indoctrination no doubt about it ! Not to mention the things IN BLOOM had in store for us, some of the questions where straight out of a George Orwell Novel, it is scary what is becoming out of this country

  2. NYmom1 says

    This guy is a complete moron, scary thought that they let that” tool” loose on our children

  3. Terri Fulton-Oyola says

    Wow, nice! These are definitely not the standards I want my children to have. I’ll punch you in the face and push you in the dirt….. Listen I believe the standards need to change, but I do not believe that the Federal Government should not have their hands in the school system, this is just one more overstep by the Federal Government against the people… The school system has ALWAYS been dictated by the state. And it should stay in the state… The state has to follow common core guidelines because they are being bullied by the Federal Government by the simple fact that if they do NOT do the common core standards they will not fund them.

  4. Pamela Schuler says

    Good thing I don’t let sickos like that dufus teach my kids. I am the teacher of my children!

  5. testandverify says

    Liberals are now showing what they really house within them Fascism/Nazism. They lash out since their side has nothing to debate with.

    • NYmom1 says

      what does that have to do with being liberal? I am a bit liberal, but I oppose CC and opt my daughter out ,since it started every time.

      • Vinchenz says

        Because Teachers Unions support Liberals not Conservatives – Fact. Maybe you should re-evaluate your support of liberalism and liberals – that jerk is the face of Liberalism. I opt out.

    • Richard Rogers says

      I am a liberal teacher and oppose common core. I know many, many liberals who hate the oppressive, top-down nature of this imposed curriculum.

      Remember, the MAJORITY of teachers in an NEA survey self-identify as conservative. We don’t know which this guy is.

      • testandverify says

        I support your views on common core that does not prohibit you an I from not seeing eye to eye on other issues. I salute you and NYmon on your common core views. NEA and the guy in the article go against are views. I also support right to work so you garner power over the union when they don’t support one or more of your views, this does not say unions have NO use

  6. Barb Gabhart says

    OMFG…seriously?? He needs to realize ‘the children we teach’ is OUR children. So, NO, we don’t have to deal with it, nor accept it. In the end, he and his cronies for CC are going to go down…because there is not a parent who sees the truth of this fiasco and doesn’t worry for their child/ren. Parents FIGHT for their kids.

  7. vino veritas says

    So the union is, apparently, hiring patients from the state mental hospital for leadership positions. No wonder there are so many wack jobs working as teachers in American public schools today.

  8. thedestroyer says

    i wonder how long he would keep his job if all the parents started home-schooling? this guy sounds just like the bullies that we had in junior high/high school. why would anyone want their child taught by these nutjobs?

  9. Vinchenz says

    What a juvenile rant – this guy is a “leader”? This is Liberalism folks – bullying threats violence – immaturity.

    • Waclaw Jerzy Borken-Hagen says

      This is serious. It is just the beginning of applying a template to the curriculum. I grew up in a system like this.

  10. akoby says

    You may think the standards belong to you, but make no mistake about it, the Children belong to their parents. How dare you assume our children belong to you.

    • Waclaw Jerzy Borken-Hagen says

      Adolf , Josef and Hillary would disagree with you. They firmly believed
      children belong to the State and The Central Committee determines
      volume of indoctrination used.

  11. AnyKenny says

    If we got rid of the Department of Education, guys like this would disappear like a fart in the wind. Top down control is not the way of the future. CC is top down control.

  12. Kent Walters says

    What’s this? A Union leader threatening violence against his opponents? In New York City, of all places? I’m shocked! Shocked, I say…

  13. Sorceress says

    That is such a typical union attitude. Threats and violence. Do what we want or… Communist Core is not anything I want my grandson to learn. That’s why we home school. We don’t need the indoctrination.

  14. interestedobserver2 says

    Entitlement stupidity and arrogance carried to its logical conclusion. What a jerk.

  15. Beeker D. says

    It look’s like we know where the ‘0bamaman’ can find ALL that HATE he was blaming Republicans&Conservatives for last week.
    “Hey OOHBLAAHMA It’s Over Here. We’ve Found It, Seems `YOUR` Union Teachers Had It All Along”!

    • AnyKenny says

      Maybe it’s time we started acting like it. In a meeting, one then two then ten then …

  16. barrygarelick says

    Message to Mulgrew: If I went any more shit from you I’ll squeeze your head.

  17. Waclaw Jerzy Borken-Hagen says

    No surprises there. If you are not a corrupt radical you have no chance of getting
    a position in 0bama’s hierarchy . Look at the members of his cabinet.

  18. Waclaw Jerzy Borken-Hagen says

    There is a totalitarian in every liberal screaming for a chance to get out.

  19. James L Slaby, Retired USAF says

    Put this sick S.O.B. up against the wall and I will shoot him. Perect Union Bullshit at it’s best.