workers' education

Iwao Kitamura ikita at
Thu Feb 22 21:54:51 MST 1996

Hi Pete,

I'm not quite sure whether my information could help you, but I'd like to
write something related to your post in our movement.
Japanese left socialists have 'Roudou Daigaku'(= Labor College) where
general learning activities about socialism and marxian economics are
available. This college was established in 1951 or 1952 as the official
school of Japan Socialist Party (Left-wing). After the re-uninfication
of the socialist party in 1955, this school became independent.
Roudou-daigaku publishes monthly 'Manabu' (for non activists) and
'Monthly Labor Union' (for union activists). The former is currently
printed around 150,000 monthly, I heard. The number has been decreasing.
The school supplies two via-mail courses of learning. I myself wrote
some parts of the text books. 

The curriculum of the via-mail course of Roudou Daigaku
1.How to view economy
4.Monopolistic capital
6.State finance

<labor union>
1.What's labor unions?
2.Right of labor unions
3.Wage and wage struggle
4.Struggle for shorter working hours
5.'Rationalization' and labor management
6.History of labor movement

1.Socialist ideas
2.Japan's consititution
3.Socialism of the world
4.Socialism in Japan
5.Political parties in Japan
6.Women's liberation

Ordinary courses are held one to three times a year in each locations. 
In each course, 10-12 lectures are held in normal cases. For this activity,
Roudou-digaku has several own lecturers and also temporal lecturers who are 
mostly university faculties.
In fact, these activities of Roudou-daigaku had been supported by leftist
unions belonged to Sohyou that merged with right-wing Doumei in 1989.
Recent development in japanese labor movement let this learning movement
into a serious situation.


On Wed, 21 Feb 1996 05:42:29 -0800 Pete wrote:

>I am trying to get information about mass educational work by communist
>parties or other mass working class organizations.  I know a little of the
>Bolshevik work in the soviet East during the 1920's, and I know the French
>and German Communist Parties conducted study circles and proletarian
>schools.  I also think some thing like this was done in the US.
>Does anyone know of any good readings about this history?  I'm particularly
>interested to know how literacy education fit into a more general,
>political other words, how did the atmosphere of being in a
>radical milieu stimulate illiterate or undereducated workers to learn how
>to read?
>I'd also like to know how I could get details about how these classes were
>Pete Farruggio

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