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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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Union of Public kiorker s  Because youth is so sceptical about unions, and
so in
need of vocational training, the union organized an apprentice school   
at the
street car cempafny. .xpprentices receive education in trade unionism and
democracy as well as in vocational subjects. The project is not so successful
as it might have boon Jecause it is difficult to get the necessary mnaterials
an(
to find teachers. The city oper"ates a 6 months school for city civil
servants.
The teacher is an older, expurianced trade unionist. It is very important
to
thy unions that the city acministrators who have to deal with the unions
should
understand the trade union point of view.
;<ricrx1tural ,4orkers: Because thea villages are subh a distance apart
and so
hard to get tothe union used to take a movie or illustrated lecture from
village to village. That is no longer possible. iresent efforts are concentrated
on training dairy workers and the union is now organizing such a school.
'dmrkks aCouncillor's School: Bernock, near Bayrceuth. Four courses, two
weeks long
each have been held for 3Q students. The former Bavarian Raltusministor Fondt
is Director of the school. The Land trade union leaders also give lectures
there. It is a long distance from Piunich and raises problems about getting
students there from the south.
3. ;jmm.nns  6ork: The womioen's division has had two groups for women -
one
is a follovi-p for the Vi>;omn iiiho have taken part in the two women's
courses at
Raintalerhof; the other is a group of woamen fro.> the natal workers union.
They
are under the leadership of Frau Stroh-ei
4. Rai: The unions have a 15 minute period per week. The unions are
not convinced that it is a very valuable means of work    since they feel
that
most of their mamb,-nrs no longer have radios. The women said that the demehts
Hour on the radio is not available to thela. Gonsultation with Frau 'lse
iibitsch at Radio 14uenchen indicated that she and others would be willing
to
work with the unions on improving the quality of their programs and that
if
they were willing to produce a variety of programs rather than simply lectures
that it might very well be possible to give them more time. The Frauenfunk
would also be glad to work with the wo~en on timely programs, interviews
with
leaders, youth, etc.
5. Volksshoclischulo: The unions offered a course with idinisterialrat Earl
Fitting as teacher. Only a few students registered. Both the unions -and
the
Volkshochschule are willing to continu, however to work in a close relationship,
6. Vocational Sohoola: Sarl, Fitting is giving a course to students studyin
for their examination as vocational school teachers on trade union questions.
"The response in the beginning  as poor, but has developed now into
a keen
interest on the part of a large numubr of the group.
7. Refugees: Frau Vogel of the, women's division herself lives in a refugee
cahp and is the trade union represeatative on -a committee to improve con-
ditions of refugse  calpscUnder the prosigit or-~ad conditions, poor food,
lack of common rooms, etc.; it is impossible to undertake formal educational
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