Education

Education and the Class Divide

The expansion of university education, which is now a relatively common feature of the working-class condition, has not and cannot deliver the goods in terms of prosperity, well-being and any other measure of progress for societies trapped within the constraints of class division.

A-E-I-O-U: Agitate, Educate, Inoculate, Organize, Union / pUsh (from "Wages So Low You’ll Freak" by Mike Pudd'nhead)

A concise summary of the AEIOU model of organizing: Agitate, Educate, Inoculate, Organize, Unionize.

This is extracted from Mike Pudd'nhead's book Wages So Low You’ll Freak about his experience working at Jimmy Johns in the Twin Cities, Minnesota and attempting to organize a union with the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) from 2007-2011.

His full book can be found here https://libcom.org/library/wages-so-low-youll-freak-mike-puddnhead

[VIDEO] Satisfying Answers on Socialism: An Open Letter to Destiny

A response to the debate on socialism between YouTuber Destiny and author/professor Ben Burgis, from a libertarian-socialist / libertarian-communist perspective. Topics covered:

1. Are capitalists immoral?
2. Can socialism overcome incentives to destroy the environment?
3. Will widespread ignorance continue in socialism?
4. Can socialism provide a strong, thriving economy?

Also: Marx gets a makeover! (In the literal, not revisionist sense!)

TEFL Workers' Union launched in London

IWW members in London are building a union for all workers in the TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) industry. If you work in a language school anywhere in the UK and would like to get involved, please contact us at tefl@iww.org.uk or through our facebook page.

Thoughts on the strike of Albanian students last winter

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During the last months of the passing year, a rather important event has unfolded in my home-country of Albania. This event is none other than the student strike launched against the legislation passed by the Rama government with regard to third-degree education. This law aims to introduce a complete restructuring of the prevailing situation in the sphere of higher education, in favor of private educational institutions. The strong presence of students in the street, with the organization of many protests against the ministry of education, the government and the state, begins on March 4, 2018, and continued until February, with a small pause in their activity during the turn of the year.

Between rhetoric and reality: Evaluating the Oakland teachers’ strike

The budget cuts immediately following the Oakland teachers' strike raise important questions about the union's strategy.

"Textbooks are becoming obsolete" says Bill Gates

Textbooks obsolete

A quick response to an item I just saw in the 2019 annual letter from Bill and Melinda Gates.

LA Teachers Strike Over the Emptying Out of the City's Classroom

Following the six-day teachers' strike in Los Angeles, January 14-22, 2019, a look at union demands, contract results, and a union with a history of following the commands of the capitalist Democratic Party.

The Ignorant Schoolmaster: Five Lessons in Intellectual Emancipation

The Ignorant Schoolmaster: Five Lessons in Intellectual Emancipation

Rancière's classic book on education is committed to the idea of 'the equality of intelligence'.

Education for Critical Conssciousness

Paulo Freire

Two essays on education as critical dialogue towards autonomy.