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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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representatives in these coixzttees, It has been possible to get the school
lunch program extended to include all apprentices every day. Lunches are
served at designated kitchens in all districts of the city, and the apprentices
have the right to go to these kitchens to got their meal.
The trade unions have also won the right to hold eoetings for ap~prentices
in the factories where they are employed.
3. Volk hochohulon: The unions are one of the most important groups
in the organization and administration of the VHS. The unions wish to do
their
own educational Work in training their own leaders and in all the educational
work which pertains directly to union functions: labor law, collective bar-
gaining, etc. But in all iriatters of general education for workers, and
for
all subjects including Vocational subjects, the unions send their membors
to
the VES3.
In subjects which are of particular concern to the union, the VWIS takes
the toacuers suggested by the unions. These teachers act as union representati7
in all matters pertaining to organization of the school; curriculua fees,
payment of teachers, democratic organization of tho students and the school
management. In return thye unions recruit actively for the VWOS courses.
In
addition to tfim evening courses, the Vi-4i homel is used for speciul bookend
or
week courses.
4. Trade Union .educstion: The unions have set up their own school for
training their own leaders. Last winter, in s itQ of th(, extreme cold and
hung:
more than 1200 persons signed up for the courses in works councillor duties,
labor law, trade union structure and function. Pegistrations had to be closed
because they could pt no more space or toachers, but every course was given
in three to five sections in response to the demands. In the sa umer, the
numbe.
of participants is about 500. The planb for the fall call for advanced courses
for persons who completee. courses ifn the winter and sumaer. a2 student
was, sent
from Hamburg to the Jskademie in Frankfurt and another to the #^kademie in
Duessoldorf. A number of courses have been held in the vicinity of' Hannovrcr
by special industrial unions for their own leadership training,
5. .±X0radiu t'or Social iconos1av; The University of Hamburg, the
uni)ons and
the Co-ops have drawn up detailed plans for an offvr to gifted labor students
a general knowledge of historical, legal, oconomic and sor-ial problems on
the college lea+.li as preparation for taking over jobs in the unions or
in
public life. Expensoo of the .adeimy are to l-e borne by the city, tha unionz
and the cooperatives. The Seaator for $,ducation is the chairman of the board
of air ,ctors  the school term Will rat one year, Thu faculty will include
full
time and part time teachers and a school dielitor. The work .f thuo first
se-
mester will be chiefly theoretical, In the second semester e-ah student will
be expected to do about 100 ha rs of jractical work in his spjeial field
of
interest. The subjects to 1-e studied K a precise roster of subjects has
seen
worked out) includes: economic theory, finance and statistics, industry
3snc-mies, ss>eiolowy, governmant, politics, history, social econoiay,
1,-gol
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