Chicago Teachers Strategize on How to Indoctrinate Kids with Marxism

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In September, the Chicago Teachers Union went on strike, shutting down the Windy City’s schools for 10 days.  Many of those same teachers were in attendance on Nov. 10 at the Midwest Marxism Conference held at Northwestern University in Chicago.

The topics of the conference were:

  • Marxism, Crisis & Resistance
  • The Meaning of Marxism
  • The Flint Sit-down Strikes & The Founding of the UAW
  • From Apartheid Schools to the New Jim Crow: Racism, USA
  • The Democrats: A Critical History
  • Russia: A Case Study in Workers Power & Revolution
  • Socialists & Trade Unions
  • Class, Race & the Civil Rights movement
  • Education & Capitalism
  • Lenin’s Theory of the Revolutionary Party
  • Marxism & Women’s Liberation
  • Whose City? Labor, the 1%, and the Democratic Party Machine in Chicago
  • Imperialism: Why Capitalism Creates War
  • Detroit, I Do Mind Dying

Among some of the speakers at the conference was Jesse Sharkey, vice president of the Chicago Teachers Union. Another speaker who kicked off the conference was Becca Barnes, a Chicago teacher, who refers to American capitalists as capitalistic vampires. Barnes told the crowd:

“The struggle here in the United States has entered a new phase. Nowhere have we pointed the way forward more clearly than here in Chicago with the teacher’s union strike.”

One person who attended the conference noted that with the abundance of teachers and their response to the messages and participation in the workshops, it gave a clear message that the Chicago Teachers Union is one with the local Marxists. A number of the workshops were led by members of the local Chicago Teachers Union.

Each of the sessions that this person attended started with congratulating Barack Obama for winning his re-election.  After listening to language filled with hate and anger aimed at America it became obvious to this person that the agenda of the Chicago socialists and teachers was to change society to be more like that of the former Soviet Union. He noticed that the philosophy of mass murderers such as Lenin were upheld and embraced by those in attendance. Teachers strategize on what and how to teach the school kids in Chicago to train them up with the Marxist philosophy.

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  • Mary Sue

    OMG. Sounds like idiot libtard ivory tower profs came up with that nonsense. Capitalism causes war? What a joke. Capitalism didn't cause the Soviet Union to take over the various republics it annexed, and Islamic countries go to war for any other reason than capitalism. Idiots.

  • flom

    Gee let me think about this – Marx was a Jew, Jews invented communism and pretty much singlehandedly financed and led the so called "Russian revolution" – which was really a great big festival dedicated to killing Christians lol. And now all of a sudden marxists are bad? Yer okay l can go along with that. Oh but marx was a Jew, right? And that guy Trotsky, what was his real name – Finkelstein or something? And did he not decamp from New York to downtown Russia with 200 Jewish accomplices – to foment "revolution"?
    Nah lm just making this stuff up – and that old chestnut about how Yiddish was the lingua franca of the Polish Communist Party – thats a fancy lie too, right?

    • linda

      What's your point?

    • Steven

      Actually every point you make is false. The Soviets didn’t like the Jews either. But of course we would be silly to expect a shred of truth from a Marxist.

    • Mary Sue

      oh great another deshawn/schlomotion wannabe. Where are you getting your fact-free facts?

      Marx was an atheist, so what's your point? He may have been born into a Jewish family but none of that stuck with him. All the guys you mention are atheists. That makes a difference.

      Sure there's "Jewish marxists" just as there's Christian Marxists, Buddhist Marxists, Sikh Marxists, Atheist Marxists (the vast majority).

      But not all Jews, religious or not, are Marxists.

    • Ghostwriter

      Not another Schlomotion wannabe!! When are you people going to get some brains?

  • victor

    I don't know how in the world we got to this point. Obviously those who preach Marxism and Socialism, which is the cousin of Marxism, have never lived or experienced either of them . I am a Jew and I find it baffling that a large majority of decendants of European Jews in America have embraced that philosophy, given the fact that Jews have dramatically suffered under those 2 systems. Also, given the fact that Jews as a group in America have accumulated wealth and financial stability more than any other group primarily due to the capitalist system and under a free society, I find it hypocritical to follow and praise the Marxist system yet benefit greatly from the capitalist system. Virtually all of Obama's advisors and mentors from Saul Olynski to David Axelrod, to Tim Geitner are all Jews from a Euro background who believe in the re-distribution of wealth yet they themselves are wealthy. Unfortunately, this hypocrysi is what gives the Jews a bad name. I want it to be known, that this is indicative only of euro Jews, not middle eastern Jews.

    • Mary Sue

      I think there's a lingering suspicion of any right-wing politics, and I'm not sure when it started, but I believe that whenever it started, it was reinforced by what happened under Nazi Germany. Nazi Germany wanted to Kill All Jews, reminding the Jews of the Pogroms of the past (and while it is dubious to link Pogroms prior to the Holocaust to "right wing" anything, maybe they do think so). So perhaps their support of Communism/Marxism is the ultimate defense against the purported threat of the "right wing" (since someone decided that Nazism is the pinnacle of "right wing"), and that while Communism/Marxism may be miserable, at least (they believe) the Marxists won't kill Jews just for being Jews.

  • Steve Chavez


    This is not a new program. Today's teachers, whose parents were sixties hippies and supporters of the Vietcong, and who also aided in the Communist takeover of Central America while they were college students, graduated to then become the next, and best equipped, indoctrination tool since they were taught by the best: The CPUSA AND THE SOVIET KGB!

    EVEN THOUGH MARXIST-MINDED TEACHERS OVERWHELM OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM, administrators too are part of the "Circle of Communists."

    READ CAREFULLY: The biggest threat to our children are SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS. THEY ARE HIT-AND-RUN INDOCTRINATORS. They have no rules like teachers do. They openly talk of politics. THIS PROGRAM WAS REVEALED in our local public access TV channel run by the Extreme Left. They also get invited to be guest speakers in individual classrooms in a program called "THE PEACE EDUCATION PROJECT." The author wrote a letter to the Superintendent revealing their infiltration into our schools by several means. She then put out a directive that GUEST SPEAKERS HAD TO BE APPROVED BY THE PRINCIPAL. GUESTS SLOWED BY THE SUBSTITUTES TOOK OVER. The Peace Project said, "That why we can get to as many students as possible while working part-time but full-time on being active."


    • Mary Sue

      Personally I've only seen one idiot substitute teacher in all my years of going through school, who openly admitted he was a Humanist. But that's in Canada, so I don't know.

  • tagalog

    If we're going to talk about "vampirism" in a political context, I don't suppose it will do any good to tell youthful students about how all "pure" command economic systems eventually find a way to build large public projects using the laborers as slave labor by re-working the criminal law and criminalizing enough people to make enough slave laborers to accomplish those public goals.

    Or how slave labor is the ultimate fruition of the logic of the Surplus Labor Theory of Value and the blameworthiness of the profit motive.

    Solzhenitsyn famously said, in The Gulag Archipelago, that whenever the Soviet leaders (particularly Stalin, he was a favorite of Solzhenitsyn's) decided to build some canal system or railroad, that's when the labor camps began to fill up with new zeks as the regime began draining off some of the "blood" for itself for its desires.

    Or, on the part of vampirism that has been depicted as seducing its victims who become vampires themselves, how the Soviets, the Red Chinese, and the Red Cambodians were able to persuade their chosen victims to confess and convict themselves of crimes they never committed, in the name of progressivism.

  • kafir4life

    On the plus side, the Chicago teachers have proven over and over again that they're not actually capable of educating anybody on anything. What makes anybody think they're capable of even teaching evil? Most of the teachers in that union barely made it out of high school themselves, and the ones that *did* went through the Chicago School System. Look at that beast that leads them! Look at the dropout rates in Chicago. What makes anybody think they are talented enough to teach any subject? These are LOW SKILL, LOW TALENT teachers. Perfect union drones.

    • Mary Sue

      John Dewey, the man that thought it was a good idea to dumb down education already in the 1920s and 30s, openly admitted that dumbed down students would be more accepting of socialism. And he was right.

  • Darlene Fousel

    Thank good ness for alternative education sources. Get your kids out of public education now!!!

  • clarespark

    From populism to Marxist-Leninism is only one short hop, and progressives have made the leap much easier with their multiculturalism agenda. I wrote about the enforcement of hate speech rules while I was still at Pacifica. See…. Who is a racist now? And don't miss the internal link to "white enabling of black power". I found this material from easily available sources. These liberals and their academic shills are shameless.

  • http://none el zopilote

    Maybe someone can tell me what Marxism has done positively for anyone

  • Syble

    Being the “Chicago” Teachers Union surely makes them above reproach.. After all, Chicago Politics and Chicago Crime and Chicago going into financial ruin are all mainstays of the current lifestyle. With all the corruption going so smoothly… Logic would dictate that I should have this enlightened group Brain Wash my kids for their BRIGHT future. (I wonder if they will have to learn the Goose Step to get into the proper line for their “FREE STUFF”????)

  • Tanstaafl JW

    Hitler was a socialist. Nazi stands for "National Socialist".

  • nightspore

    How dense do you have to be to be recycling this stuff after all that's happened over the last hundred years? Not even a session on Gramsci or Alinsky? It's strange to think of a gaggle of school teachers boning up on Lenin – in 2012. There seems to be no limit to the witlessness of some members of the modern Left.

  • Ghostwriter

    With all the drivel from the new Jew haters and the disgusting bile that I saw on the Marxism Conference,I'm amazed ANYONE'S thinking straight.

  • ozzy

    Why don't he put his class on the marxism grading system? That's when you average all the grades together. The smart & dumb is all average together and everybody gets the same grade. See how quick it takes for the whole class fail. I bet it wouldn't take long.

  • Surly Curmudgen

    Obama is a Marxist communist who has attained that which is most prized by the worlds communists, The office of president of the United States. He has also voiced his displeasure with our form of government and said china being a dictatorship is easier to govern. He has voiced contempt of our constatution and stated it was poorly written and unusable. He was unhappy that we where paying less than two dollars a gallon for gas. Now he is angry that drilling on private property will likely derail his plans to push the price of a gallon of gas past five. He really… really… really hates that we, this nation, is so productive and as a result wealthy and is working his hardest to make us unproductive and as poor as any other third world country. he has stated that if we are in conflict with Islam he will stand with Islam. he said ‘’If I had to name my greatest strength, I guess it would be my humility. Greatest weakness, it’s possible that I’m a little too awesome.’’ He has taken up the mantle of dictator. Isn’t that so so special?

  • erica

    So how do we prevent them from teaching in public schools ?

  • Thomas Wells

    This group deserves rotten marx.

  • macedonian

    Why is this hysteria over a finished historychapter? Comunism was a utopia,but Marx still stands for a great philosopher and that is regardless of his jewish heritage. In fact,the cold war would still exist,even if there was not an ideology competition between the west and the east nothern hemisphere…that is because USSSR was another powerfull empire,,,with a dictatorship,unfortunatelly. Be openminded,think out of the box and freely criticize the marxists,but not make them criminals…That is the true value of democracy.

    • Sam Cane

      . . . dictatorshipS (as in plural) and this is because Marx's idea must have a minigod to function, so it attracts tin-horns like a magnet, and it always will. Liberals believe that if THEY were the ones running it, – hippie love would flow, SO they are willing to try it again and again, any chance they get.

  • Sam Cane

    The thing is they imagine that they'd always be the ones running such a show. They don't have any idea of what someone like Vladimir Lenin would do with them, and here they were studying his 'Theory of the Revolutionary Party' – they'rejuststupid.

    • macedonian

      Now this is a healthy debate and this is one of the arguments that needs to be tell to the leftists…