Two professors at Roosevelt University in Illinois, who also serve on the school board for a local high school, were caught on a hot mic recently gloating about how they promote Marxist ideology to their college students.
The leftist educators, Gina Harris and Ralph Martire, were joining a February school board meeting for Oak Park and River Forest High School via Zoom when they began candidly discussing their “social justice” and Marxist advocacy, West Cook News reported.
“I mean, it’s all social justice, all day, every day. I get to talk about the things I love all the time. All day [at my day classes], all night of my night classes,” Harris said gleefully about her time teaching at the university. “I’m really living the life over here.”
Harris, who reportedly teaches “middle school theory and practice” to future educators at Roosevelt, called social justice “a part of everything” and a “foundation.”
“Yeah. I always flip out the kids that take my master’s class on fiscal policy and public budgets within the first three or four classes are devoted to philosophy of social justice and how you organize society. We don’t talk about one, you know, budgetary item,” added Martire, who teaches public policy and public administration at the university.
“They’re like, oh, man. Professor Martire, this is a really weird way to teach a budget,” he said with a smile.
Shortly after, he added: “If you don’t understand your values, you can’t allocate resources among public priorities that are scarce, but all needed. Right?”
At that point, someone on the call let them know that their voices could be heard through the microphone in the high school’s auditorium.
“We’re cool with that,” Harris responded.
TheBlaze reached out to the university as well as the two professors for comment, but did not receive a reply in time for publication.
On its website, Roosevelt University describes itself as “a national leader in educating socially conscious citizens for active and dedicated lives as leaders in their professions and their communities.”
According to his university bio page, Martire additionally serves as the executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, a progressive think tank “committed to ensuring that state, federal and local workforce, education, fiscal, economic and budget policies are fair and just, and to promoting opportunity for all, regardless of race, ethnicity or income class.”
He was also appointed by Illinois Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker to serve on his Budget and Innovation Committee, and in the past served on the Equity and Excellence in Education Commission, established during the Obama administration.
West Cook News reported that Harris, who also works as a teacher at Emerson Elementary in Maywood, Illinois, described herself as “a restorative justice practitioner and peacemaker” during her campaign to become a member of the school board.
Author: Phil Shiver