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Marx and the education of the future

Rikowski, G. (2004) Marx and the education of the future. Policy Futures in Education. 2(3 & 4), pp. 565-577. 1478-2103.

Item Type: Article
Abstract: With reference to Karl Marx’s writings on education, this article outlines the education of the future as anti-capitalist education. In starting out from a conception of communism as the ‘real movement which abolishes the present state of things’ (Marx), it is argued that the anti-capitalist education of the future consists of three moments: critique, addressing human needs and realms of freedom. It is also argued that all three moments are essential for an anti-capitalist education of the future, but the emphasis on particular moments changes (a movement from moment one to three) as capitalist society and education are left behind through social transformation. In the light of this framework, Marx’s views on the relation between labour and education, and his views on education run by the state, are critically examined. In the light of the preceding analysis, the article ends with a consideration of two trends that are gaining strength in contemporary education in England: the social production of labour-power and the business takeover of education. Political responses to these are briefly explored
Additional Information: RAE2008 UoA45
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB51 Systems of individual educators and writers
H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism > HX519 Communism/socialism in relation to special topics
L Education > LC Special aspects of Education > LC65 Social aspects of education > LC71 Education and the state
Creators: Rikowski, Glenn
Publisher: Symposium Journals
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Education & Humanities
Date: 1 January 2004
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 565-577
Journal or Publication Title: Policy Futures in Education
Volume: 2
Number: 3 & 4
Language: English
ISSN: 1478-2103
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes

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