Quoth Michael Mulgrew, president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT): “And I’m going to punch you in the face and push you in the dirt because this is the teachers!”

This is teachers.

The AFT’s new slogan, perhaps?

Dr. Susan Berry of Breitbart has the story:


At the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) convention last month, Michael Mulgrew, President of the United Federation of Teachers in New York City, delivered a fiery defense of the Common Core standards, slamming the notion that teachers should back down from supporting them.

“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!” Mulgrew shouted. “You do not take what is mine!”

“And I’m going to punch you in the face and push you in the dirt because this is the teachers!” he continued. “These are our tools, and you sick people need to deal with us and the children we teach. Thank you very much!”

As reported in the New York Daily News, Mulgrew’s menacing speech came during a heated debate on a resolution regarding the AFT’s continued support of Common Core. Mulgrew, like many teachers’ union leaders, has criticized the implementation of the controversial standards rather than the standards themselves.

Meanwhile, teachers’ unions have sought to delay the use of student performance on Common Core-aligned tests for teacher evaluation ratings.

Mulgrew appeared to be responding to teachers working in classrooms who favor pulling support for the Common Core, as union leadership wants to continue backing the nationalized initiative. Following his threatening speech, AFT president Randi Weingarten said, “Whatever you stand on this, the passion in this room about our profession is unbelievable. Thank you AFT!”