Mercer Island High School

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Mercer Island High School is located on Mercer Island in Washington state. The school has gained notoriety recently being the high school in which Stanley Ann Dunham, the mother Senator Barack Obama, attended in the late 1950s.

At the time the school was known for teaching a radical curriculum which included philosophy courses emphasizing Marxism and literature classes promoting homosexuality. [1] It had several pro-Marxist radical teachers.

John Stenhouse, board member, told the House Un-American Activities Subcommittee that he had been a member of the Communist Party USA and this school has a number of Marxists on it's staff. Two teachers at this school, Val Foubert and Jim Wichterman, both Frankfurt School style Marxists, taught a critical theory curriculum to students which included; rejection of societal norms, attacks on Christianity, the traditional family, and assigned readings by Karl Marx. The hallway between Foubert’s and Wichterman classrooms was sometimes called "anarchy ally."

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