Teacher Insists Students Ages 5, 6, 7 Decided To Hate Union-Bashing Governor On Their Own


A Wisconsin public school teacher alleged on a recent post to her blog that her 5-, 6- and 7-year-old students are a group of promising future political cartoonists. Oh yeah, and they all hate anti-union Governor Scott Walker — but the teacher has no idea where that came from.

In July, Madison Metropolitan School District elementary art teacher Kati Walsh posted a series of pictures drawn by her students to an art blog affiliated with the local elementary school.

Along with the artwork, most of which centers around the theme of Walker being a bad man and deserving to spend time in jail, Walsh provided a little background information:

It’s no secret that Madison is a pretty political place. Today, students were engaged in our Garden Signs project when an interesting conversation happened. One student said something to the effect of ‘Scott Walker wants to close all the public schools.” I have no idea where this came from, I missed the beginning of their exchange. Another student, who’s (sic) father is a reporter, proceeded to correct the student with a surprisingly very factual and grown up answer. This began a whole conversation between kindergartners, first graders and second graders about our Wisconsin Governor, Scott Walker.

So the rest of the class started drawing their own cartoons and they turned very political. They have very strong feelings about Scott Walker. The cartoons started getting a little inappropriate so at this point, we stopped drawing and discussed what a political cartoon was. We also talked about how you can disagree with someone and not wish them harm. It was also important for them to understand the role art plays in sharing one’s opinion and ideas! Wow, I did not plan for THIS intense lesson with kinders through 2nd graders!

Here’s a look at some of the artwork:

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Now, lest you think Walsh coached the children, she offered the following disclaimer with the work:

For those of you who don’t know me very well, I just want to make it clear that I did not talk about MY personal opinion of Scott Walker with these kids. I made it clear that it is important for everyone to feel comfortable expressing their own opinions through art. I did clearly state that I love our public schools and think it’s important for them to have a good public education. This should not be a controversial statement.

If Walsh were to talk to her students about Walker, however, her recent political activity makes it clear that she probably wouldn’t feel inclined to paint the man in a favorable light.

Via a March 2012 report in the Wisconsin State Journal:

Kati Walsh, an art teacher at Randall and Gompers Elementary, is one teacher who wasn’t politically active during the 2010 gubernatorial election, but became involved after Walker introduced changes to public-sector collective bargaining last year. In recent weeks, a typical day for Walsh might include early morning playground duty, a full day teaching third-, fourth- and fifth-graders, an after-school program and then three hours of knocking on doors and distributing fliers for Flores and Silveira [local school board candidates who supported the Walker recall effort].

“I get a lot of, ‘Oh, you’re a teacher, I was hoping I could hear from you,'” Walsh said. “Doors make a difference.”

Walsh also signed the recall petition in the 2012 campaign against Walker and gathered signatures for the recall.

In an interview with the Wisconsin Reporter, Walsh insisted that her political leanings don’t matter because the students decided to hate Walker on their own.

“Children are much smarter then you give them credit for,” she said. “These children who are now growing up having protested at the Capitol with their parents and are going to union meetings and political meetings with their parents. They are listening and they have their own strong opinions about what is going on in our state right now.”

What do you think: Politically astute tykes or a bit of good old-fashioned government school indoctrination?

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  • independent thinker

    “… Walsh insisted that her political leanings don’t matter because the students decided to hate Walker on their own.”
    And those who believe that can send me $100,000 an acre for some ocean front property just north of Topeka KS.

    • rick0857

      $100,000 sounds pretty steep even for ocean front don’t you think?

      • independent thinker

        Not for someone who believes that teacher.

        • rick0857

          Yeah you’re right I was looking at it in the wrong context. Now I understand where you were coming from on the price…so yeah sounds right to me.

  • Harold Olsen

    Kids of that age do not hate — except may for vegetables. If they hate Walker it’s because they were taught to hate him. Most likely by this so-called teacher. I’d say she’s a disgrace to her profession, but, these days, she epitomizes the teaching profession and the brainwashing they do to their students. I no longer consider the teaching profession to be a honorable occupation. They no longer educate but indoctrinate.

    • Alex

      Likewise, if they love America, it is because they were TAUGHT to love this wretched country. I was taught all that BS, myself, but was intelligent enough, even at such an early age, to see through all the lies and memes that this country feeds itself on…

      • Nadzieja Batki

        And yet you stay here in America.

        • rick0857

          Alex is most likely another teacher and good friend of the one in question.

      • Vigilant

        The crying shame of it is that you never mentally matured past that age.

      • justus brother

        You are free to LEAVE THIS GREAT COUNTRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Vigilant

          And we sincerely hope he does. No hater offers anything constructive, only desolation.

      • CJ

        Alex, claiming intelligence doesn’t give you intelligence, and from your statements, you have none, for an intelligent person with your complaints about the country would have found a way to leave it.

      • James

        If its “wretched” get the hell out, I volunteer to buy you a one way ticket. All you have to do is “PROMISE” you will never return!

    • Nadzieja Batki

      Harold Olsen these kids didn’t produce these drawings without the teacher’s OK because in the classroom they have learned what is acceptable and unacceptable and what will get them a “pat on the head from teacher” or disapproval verbal or nonverbal.
      They may have their parents reinforce this since the parents were educated in the same environments. With their classmates they wouldn’t be discussing this.

    • chocopot

      “They no longer educate but indoctrinate.”

      It’s been that way for a long time – perhaps four decades or more already. It’s called Democratic Party recruitment.

    • rick0857

      And boys girls and vice verse. Just ask any of them do you like girls or boys whatever the case may be and I guarantee you you will get an emphatic EEEWWWW!!!!! But I don’t think any child in any school in any state in this country will say off the top of their head my Governor should be in jail unless maybe they are from Illinois.

  • Alex

    Smart children.

    • James

      Stupid teachers, you must have been one of her students.

    • James

      Or maybe another libtard teacher. What teacher in there right mind would attempt to indoctrinate these young minds full of mush. She should be fired and run out of her job on a rail, and you alex are welcome to join her.

  • nanblan

    These pictures and the hateful rhetoric they’re spewing show a total disregard for the twice-elected governor the adults in their lives should be encouraging them to respect – regardless of policies and politics. As an elementary school counselor, I know full well that children of this age aren’t able to grasp such concrete subjects as wanting their governor to go to jail because they disagree with his politics – even if some of their parents have been spewing the same hatred at home. Give us a break. This is downright stupidity on the part of the teacher to think that anyone in his/her right mind would believe that this hateful thinking is not due to deliberate manipulation and indoctrination techniques she’s been using in the classroom – as well as total control as to how exactly to
    complete the assignment. If my child were in this teacher’s class, I would pull him/her out as fast as I could slap a lawsuit against the teacher and/or the school.

    Parents, please, don’t allow these kind of lies and outright fraud to perpetuate your children’s learning in our country’s classrooms and schools. Yes, it’s a huge battle because extreme leftist progressivism has almost completely taken over the education of our children at all levels. This is all the more reason we need to take action immediately and as aggressively as possible. Otherwise, our children and grandchildren will become totally indoctrinated into a Marxist/socialist form of thinking/government that will severely damage
    their future quality and way of life.

  • Vigilant

    “What do you think: Politically astute tykes or a bit of good old-fashioned government school indoctrination?”

    Is there any doubt?

    Kids that age don’t involve themselves in political affairs unless they are prepped, programmed and encouraged. I’m not that old that I can’t remember what our childish concerns were when we were 5 to 7 years old. They most certainly did NOT involve political matters.

    Three out of five cartoons picture the Governor in jail, and you’re going to say those kids weren’t affected by their teacher? Walsh, in addition to being a leftist idiot, is a liar as well (but I guess that’s redundant).

    “The children who know how to think for themselves, spoil the harmony of the collective society that is coming, where everyone (would be) interdependent.” — John Dewey, 1899

    • Alan

      No doubt at all, she must think we are all stupid to buy that BS.

      • rick0857

        She’s a democrat operative therefore…yes she thinks you are stupid.

    • joyfullife

      People greatly underestimate the community and family atmosphere in this region. THEY GOT IT FROM HOME. This is specific to Madison WI. One teacher doesn’t have to indoctrinate because it is prevalent at every interchange involving adults, especially those with kids

      • Vigilant

        In any case, the childhoods of those children are being stolen by immersing them in politics long before they even have the capability to think abstractly. They are burdening them with a hatred of the same type seen in the programming of Palestinian kids to hate Israelis.

        Furthermore, the “teacher” should not have glorified these works of prejudice and should have discouraged their production. These children are not being educated, they are being used.

      • Robert Messmer

        They were supposed to be doing Garden Signs. Whatever happened to following the Teaching Plan?

  • Mixedbabies123

    Well I hope the parents are smart enough to stand up to this left wing ding bat. I would be pissed if my daughter came home saying anything of the sort. So much so that I would go to school board meetings and let them know just how I feel….. Hint hint parents….

    • Nadzieja Batki

      What if your daughter hears worse things but won’t tell you at home because there is never a right moment and the right moment never comes. Also the kids have been subtly warned not to tell things at home because home won’t understand these things and these things are special things only to be discussed in school.

    • James

      Demand to have the witch with a “b” fired.

    • joyfullife

      Well, it’s the Madison area… so the children GOT IT from the parents, not the teacher. Probably the only place more liberal than Madison WI is San Francisco. They are probably cheering the teacher on, and confused by those opposed

  • StinkBomb Jones

    Well, by that age they already know that homosexuality, transgendersim & abortion is normal & good, so why not this?

    • Nadzieja Batki

      Kids are mimics, so they are only repeating what they hear from teachers first.

      • StinkBomb Jones

        I know,….. I meant to imply the Homo/Transgender agenda is instilled & drilled in them as legit starting in kindergarten now in many places. I left that part out from my post. For years the voters turned down same-sex marriage & other pro-Homo things, but now because of decades of brainwashing by the public schools, Hollywood, the Madison Ave. crowd & the colleges, young people see nothing wrong with homosexuality & the state sanctioning same-sex marriage. It is over 60% pro-homo at this point. The same cannot be said about abortion amongst the young.

        • rick0857

          That’s because killing babies is perfectly acceptable to the left and the democrat party, it’s called choice. While mass murder at the hands of democrat operatives and left wing wacko’s is called a tragedy and guns must be banned to stop it.
          Do you think the left would oppose abortions if the only way to perform one was with a gun?

          • StinkBomb Jones

            I know & I agree with you, my point was that, amongst the young, pro-Homo is over 60%, It is only about 50-50 on abortion. I guess the LOONY TUNES LIBs have been neglecting it & focusing on pro-Homo instead

          • Robert Messmer

            Well I am not pro-Homo cause I have seen myself in a full length mirror, let me tell you if God does exist she has one mean ass sense of humor. What I am tho is pro US Constitution and when you read that part about “equal protection of the law” well it means we can’t say only men can marry women. Same way it was declared illegal to say that only whites could marry whites and only blacks could marry blacks. Which should sit really well with conservatives and Tea Party members since they are all about self-sufficient and responsible for your own decisions. And NO government dictating what people do in their own lives.

          • James

            Great question, and the answer is: they would all belong to the NRA…………ha

          • Jeff

            Isn’t that how it’s done in your family?

          • rick0857

            It’s how it’s done in your family I’m sure, however, no one in my family has had an abortion. We all believe in being married first and making sure that you can actually afford to bring another person into this life before doing so. So that we don’t have to expect others to pay for it. Like idiots, morons, democrats and liberals like you believe.

          • Jeff

            You’re the one who brought up abortion. My son is adopted and likely would have been aborted had we not stepped in. The girl, then a teenager with nowhere to go, is now 35, married with two more boys. Maybe if you right wingers cared a little more about kids once they’re born, there’d be less of a problem of teen pregnancy.
            BTW: Are you sure it’s only Democrats who have abortions?

          • rick0857

            You give me a LEFT WING DINGBAT link to motherjones, motherjones gee why didn’t you just post a link to media matters or polifact or the huffington puffington post?

          • Jeff

            Do you dispute the facts or just resent the identity of the publication?

      • Jeff

        Why only from teachers? Not from parents? When my son was in 3rd grade, he repeated what I said about knowing W was lying because his lips were moving. And you were not “indoctrinated” by your parents’ opinions? When I was in college in the 70s, it was not at all unusual for kids to have their parents’ pro-war opinions until they got away from home and started to think.

  • justus brother

    “The cartoons started getting a little inappropriate” I’m sure refers to supporting Governor Walker and the GOP.

  • jmach11

    There is no way that children that age can take hints. That teacher straight out told them how they should feel.

  • thewatcher

    parents should counter this drivel with how many new toys they could buy the child if their teachers didn’t steal the parents income thru taxes

  • Vigilant

    “In July, Madison Metropolitan School District elementary art teacher Kati Walsh posted a series of pictures drawn by her students to an art blog affiliated with the local elementary school.”

    Sorry, teach, that ain’t “art.”

    Nazis and soviets tried the same thing; it’s called “propaganda.”

    • mommeme

      What’s sad is that this teacher felt she had the right to exploit and use these kids to further her own agenda. Typical lib and union strategy, right out of the playbook. The ends justify the means.

  • ChuckS123

    Conservatives are for kids, parents, and taxpayers,. Libs are for teacher’s and administrator’s unions.

  • rick0857

    She never influenced those kids and Bill Clinton never had sex with Monica. My what a wonderful; world democrats and liberal idiots live in!

  • Michael Shreve

    Indoctrination works. Indoctrinate early and often.

  • brownstoneconstr

    when children are only taught , by either their parents or teachers, they will say what they hear. and usually they only hear one side of the story. but hilter did the same with german children. hopefully when they reach high school they will see both sides before they make there opinion know.

  • James

    This “teacher” should be fired for indoctrination of minds full of mush. Kids this young do not even comprehend politics. She has no right to screw around with the heads of little kids. Its near Hitler like to do so.

    • Jeff

      Give it a rest. It’s Madison, Wisconsin. The kids get their political opinions from their parents. The teacher isn’t responsible for their opinions any more than is a teacher in Mississippi responsible for her students thinking Obama is Hitler or that it’s normal for their parents to be related to each other.

      • Robert Messmer

        Did you not find it interesting that the student whose father was a reporter, you remember the one who gave the amazingly grown up rebuttal, did not draw a picture that was worthy of being posted? Only the ones showing hate towards the governor made the cut.

  • Philip Galindo

    Yeah, and when we were 5 or 6 we too were organizing for Acorn and SEIU and AFT.

  • mommeme

    Ah, this teacher must have been one of those “respectful” ones that trashed the state building along with those bussed-in union thugs awhile back. She just proved what we all thought.

  • joyfullife

    I grew up in the Madison area. I believe the teacher when she says she didn’t coax or feed the children to produce these pictures. She didn’t NEED to… specifically in the Madison area… they would have, and probably still do hear about it regularly on the radio, on the TV, at the kitchen table, from the parent conversations on the phone, at the park, at the library… any where that kids gather in that geographic area is going to have adults who either are public sector employees, or have a strong tendency to be very left leaning, and only have negative things to say about Scott Walker because he has negatively affect their lives personally as well as going against their political beliefs.

    • Warrior

      Imagine that. Kids 5; 6 & 7 years of age now have “strong” political “opinions”. I guess the “public sector” chillens just have more “exposure” to “politics”. I can almost hear the conversations. Little Johnny, if you add 2 democrats and 1 rino what does that equal? A WIN! Very good.

  • Warrior

    Well, well, well. In the democrapic camps these young un’s are now prepared to vote in elections. OR, maybe they already have! By Scott! There’s one more cut you should make.

  • ibn insha

    My 6 years old niece has no cares in the world except Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny and other make believe characters but apparently, if this teacher, Kati Walsh, is correct, I can seek political advice from my niece before voting in the next election.

  • Dave

    Pure programming by a teacher of the “progressives” liberal agenda.
    I coached kids from this age on to high school, and it amazed me sometimes about who and how their young lives were influenced. Parents, of course, were first. Teachers were a strong second. Sometimes, in older kids, a minister might come into play, but more usual was their peers.
    But a 5, 6 or 7 years old, it was pretty much ALL parents & teachers. Maybe it did come from the parents of the Madison, Wisconsin area. But i notice from the story that the teacher did nothing to dissuade the beliefs or present an alternative viewpoint.
    I’m glad I didn’t have teachers like that!

  • ajgoodwin42

    Let’s consider this instead. For a moment, don’t dwell on the content of what the kids drew… think about the fact that the teacher, an adult, knowing full well what the pictures represented, still posted them in a manner that would garner her public attention. She knew full well what would happen. The lie is not in the indoctrination argument, which is still disgusting in and of its self, but in the fact that the adult in the situation has really poor decision making skills and by that standard alone should not be leading children in anything.

    • mommeme

      Excellent point! We also should question her emotional / mental status and ask why she needs to bring all this attention to her, or the kids. Seems a bit irrational and desperate.


    she is full of sh*t,this teacher should be relieved from her job,it is NOT a teachers job to put their personal beliefs in the teaching of our children!(anything at all)
    this is a problem that has been creeping into the schools for decades and it needs to stop!!collages are just a poria when it comes to that!

  • mnkysnkle

    They have no compunction for their indoctrination of these children and no compunction for lying about it. Walker exposed Walsh’s type and the good people of Wisconsin now know who they are. Lie all you want but America is waking up, your lies are going to be your chains. One link at a time, but inevitable.