Education

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.

Paulo Freire: A Critical Encounter

Paulo Freire: A Critical Encounter

An anthology of essays on Paulo Freire.

Citizens for better science

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The left should advocate for free access to not only scientific literature and data but also the means of production of science.

The Poverty of Student Unions

Institutions exist to do the exact opposite of their stated aims. The police force don’t exist to protect you and stop crime, but instead to keep you in line and to facilitate a unilaterial class war.

Schools don’t exist to educate people and teach them how to think independently, but rather to indoctrinate and create obedient workers.

Governments don’t exist to enact the political will of the people but to frustrate it.