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Cook, Alice Hanson / Workers' education in the U.S. Zone of Germany
(1947)

A description of workers' education today,   pp. 15-27 PDF (8.2 MB)


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Trade union youth is active in the ,Iunicii central youth committee which
I
just been given the use of the former jS recreation home at Suedelfald. The
unions have thb use of this home one week a month for the four sunaer months
are running youth leadership schools there Faith about 33 students per course.
The session which began on 11 daIay covered the 'fllowbing subjects:i
Social legislation and social insurance;
niow modern youth thinks; a philosophy for this generation;,
Government; questions on tha constitution;
Trade unionism  including international labor movements;
£onrliaxeentnry procedure; student self-govermaeat,
Current events;
Trade union -youth groups; how to plan an evening program, recreation,
general program;
LaLbor law; wage and cantract problcxas, child labor, works councils,
trade unions and the state;
The Job of the youth councillor in the plant.
Tac week's course also included singing, folk dancing, group games, and
free recreation periods.
RaInt~alrhaf (Director, Joscf Kurth). Bavarian trade dnion youth school.
Up td
17 courses with 30 students   each. Coursea ruat 14 days. Two part time teacher
as wiell as a number of special lecturers froim the unions. The subjects
handle
in a typical course in September 1946 were: Economics, History of the Labor
dMovement, ParliJmntary Procedure, Gerioan, Structure and Function of the
Unio
Structure and Function of the Youth Section, S3cial Insurande, Jage and Con-
tract Problems, .dritten l5rk in *iage and Contract Problems, Task of a Youth
Leader, JHthmetic    how t6 elan an Evening Youth Group ivlecting, How to
Lead
~a Discussion, Lab;or Law, Sociology of Organizatioan State adm-inistration,
Social Significance of Failure, Labor '1ninistration.
The curriculum includes also house and garden work in-the school, folk
"dancing, and singing, discussion .eveniags, special-lectures on Ger.aan
re-
sources after the war, hikes and a good deal of practical work in written
Geo
practical arLthmetic, correspondonce, and student self-govefrnment.
The sctool has a small library of its own largely. contributed by the
teachers aced including a small gift of about 25 books from the Swiss unions.
Teaching tiaterialst bo    notebooks, atc. are almost entirely lacking; Nir.
1iurthha drawn up some charts which he uses as visual t6a hiagmtdrials.
-q up s-m .hrt ;dh-. i..
2. Trade Union Education: aa odrorkers union holds some courses in
vocational subjects. The goal is to give youth some, of the fundamentals
which
were L1ost in the 1Nazi period and during the war.
RaLr oa (d: The Reichsbahn establlshed a school before 1933. In addition
to
vocational subjects, trade union questions are discussed.-
In Hajimarsb achv the national union have their own school. Each Land uses
it in turn for a two weeks' course. Each Land organization supplies its own
school directort works out its own curriculum, and gets its own teachers.
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