A 2002 film that focuses on Michele Bachmann's education activism alludes to her support for filming partner Michael Chapman and his message that state and federal education reform could lead to another Holocaust.
In the film, which Mother Jones discovered and has posted clips from, Bachmann said Minnesota's curriculum policies at the time would "undermine our freedom and undermine our national sovereignty."
Chapman is on the Board of Directors of EdWatch, "the premier 'Education Watchdog' in America, according to an iScribers profile. EdWatch, according to the Minnesota Independent, is the new name for the Maple River Education Coalition, a conservative education watchdog group that Bachmann did work with alongside Chapman.
Their work is seen through this film, Guinea Pig Kids II, as Chapman and Bachmann spoke to church groups across Minnesota, warning of the "dire consequences of state and federal education reform," and aimed to inform, not terrify, according to Mother Jones.
Chapman quotes Hitler in one portion of the film: "When an opponent declares I will not come over to your side, I calmly say: 'Your child belongs to us already.'" He argues that America's education programs, like school-to-work, are similar to Nazi concentration camps and threaten the country's morality.
This threat to America's moral foundation, and its push toward totalitarianism is "already here, and it's something that we have to deal with," Bachmann says.
In another segment, Bachmann worries that education reform would even affect how students understand mathematics, and that standards in education are another vehicle by which bureaucrats can control people. See two of the clips below, from several posted by Mother Jones.
Since stepping into the spotlight for her presidential campaign, Bachmann has been a point of controversial stances on education policy. At the Republican Leadership Conference in June, the candidate said the federal government should be hands-off and let districts decide whether to teach intelligent design in schools.
She also signed a pledge last month stating that homosexuality is a choice, while the district she represents is facing lawsuits against its schools for alleged gay bullying resulting in several student suicides over the last two years.