[OPE-L:5880] Re: [JURRIAAN] Re: communism

Gerald Levy (glevy@pratt.edu)
Sun, 21 Dec 1997 01:54:38 -0500 (EST)

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Date: Sun, 21 Dec 1997 03:34:28 +0100
From: jurriaan bendien <Jbendien@globalxs.nl>

Re "communist education": a useful source on this is a book published by
Pluto Press called "The Education of the Future". Also of interest is
Sheila Fitzpatrick's account of Anatoli Lunacharsky and education in the
first decade of the Russian Revolution since 1917 called (if I remember
correctly) "The Commissariat of Enlightenment". The debates the Russians
had, from what I read years ago, were quite interesting, insofar as quite a
few of them tried to be "orthodox" Marxists in their pedagogic approach -
there was for instance a big debate about a more "general" education versus
a more "vocational" education, and experiments with "polytechnical
education" and school colonies "in the spirit of Marx". Lenin's wife
Krupskaya was quite involved in that.