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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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groups represented such widely differing philosophies fro-e an extreme right
wing group to the trade union and socialist youth groups. The leadership
offered
here worked boldly and frankly with the problems presented by the groups
them-
selves and achieved the finest and Roundest educational work I saw anywhere.
2, Trade Union Education: Printing Trades. Special youth groups for vo-
cational courses and for trade unio4 discussions. This union has held works
councillor courses during the winte' for its own councillom in labor law
and
safety, compensation and insurance questions. Single lectures have been held
for works councillors and members, in industry economics. iomen from the
union
have been sent to Bielefeld to the courses given there for trade union women,
in labor law and welfare problems.
aoodworkers: This union is setting up its own vocational classes using space
given by the trade school for evening classes.
School: The unions ran three courses at Bookholzberg each lasting 5 days
with
35 students. The course included labor law, safety and health, protective
legis-
lation for youth and child labor laws; wofaen and the trade unions, The youth
section ran a course at Huchding for youth leaders which lasted 8 days and
had
25 students. Subjects discussed were: Youth and its Chosen Trade, Trade Union
and International Organization, .'ctivity in tha Plant, Industry Economioss
Basic Sconomic Problems.
3. Vocational 5chools: Schulze, head of the unions, is of the opinion that
the union's interest in apprenticeship is in Maintaining the contract as
a work
relationship rather than an educational one, and that the union's function
is
to guard against exploitation of the, apprentice as a worker. The whole school
system of Bremen is in process of reorganization and fundamental questions
of
school reform, not only the question of the 9th school year, are up for dis-
cussion. Senator Paulmann, Social Deiocrat, is the Senator for education
and
is actively participating in the discussions in terms of an enriched vocational
school curriculum in social sciences. The youth groups themselves are asking
the unions to let the youth secretary have time enough to go into the appren-
tice work places to check on the educational content and sound work relation-
ships there.
4. Volkshochsclhulen: The plan for the fall is that th3 Volkshochschulc
will concbntrate all adult education work under its direction and that the
unions will furnish the teachers for their own courses, letting the Volkshoch-
schule find rooms, register students, handle problems of light and heat,
pay-
ment of teachers, etc. ahen at the suggestion of the unions, a number of
vocational courses wore added, attendance climbed sharply.
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