24 November: school students lead the way

Submitted by Newcastle on 26 November, 2010 - 12:03 Author: Ed Whitby

School, college, and university students took to the streets on 24 November, in a show of protest to make it clear that students are not going to accept this government's attacks.

The response to the call for the day of action by National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts has shocked politicians, police and student leaders even more than the size and anger of the National Demonstration on 10 November. Students have made sure that the Royal Wedding didn't force the cuts off the front pages!

The "Plebs" go on strike

Submitted by Matthew on 23 September, 2010 - 5:15 Author: Colin Waugh

As Ruskin students and their contacts amongst former students became aware of the drive by people in the Workers’ Educational Association and University Extension movement to take control of Ruskin, they began to organise themselves against it.

During the “strike” that followed the enforced resignation of their principal Dennis Hird, a qualitative change occurred in their strategy, as a result of which 29 of the current students, again supported by former students, threw their energies into creating a new institution, the Central Labour College.

The origin of the Plebs League: "The Burning Question of Education" Matthew Thu, 09/09/2010 - 16:18

Achieving control of Ruskin College was central to the WEA/extension project. From the summer of 1907 onwards, its supporters threw themselves into open propaganda, behind-the-scenes lobbying and bureaucratic manoeuvring — all aimed at purging the college of whatever stood in their way.

Can we promote a different kind of education for workers? Matthew Thu, 08/19/2010 - 17:15

Sheila Cohen (NUJ/UCU) discusses the sorry state of trade union studies (courses accredited by the TUC and available at a variety of further education institutions) and what can be done to promote independent working-class education.

Oxford University and working-class education

Submitted by Matthew on 19 August, 2010 - 4:56 Author: Colin Waugh

Under the pressure of rising working-class self assertion across the country, the University extension movement accepted Albert Mansbridge’s scheme for tutorial classes and committed study (as opposed to more “popular” bigger lecture classes). This acceptance was spearheaded by a group of young, socialistic Oxford tutors. Supported by prominent figures in the church, civil service and ruling class generally, members of this group worked with Mansbridge himself and the other main Workers’ Educational Association activist, J MacTavish, to produce a report, Oxford and Working-Class Education.

Tony Benn: the time to organise resistance to this government of millionaires is now!

Submitted by dalcassian on 5 August, 2010 - 3:12 Author: Tony Benn and 73 others

We reject these cuts as simply malicious ideological vandalism, hitting the most vulnerable the hardest. Join us in the fight

It is time to organise a broad movement of active resistance to the Con-Dem government's budget intentions. They plan the most savage spending cuts since the 1930s, which will wreck the lives of millions by devastating our jobs, pay, pensions, NHS, education, transport, postal and other services.

How to fight the Tories’ plans for schools

Submitted by vickim on 12 July, 2010 - 11:20

Speeches from the opening session of Ideas for Freedom 2010, "How do we fight the Tories' plans for schools?" (10 July)
The chair was Gemma Short, a first year teacher and AWL member from Sheffield.

Jean Lane, teaching assistant and UNISON activist in Tower Hamlets

I’d like to concentrate on the cuts we’ve faced up until now and how they are going to multiply in the coming period, particularly after the October spending review.

Win, lose or draw? Lessons for the anti-cuts struggle from the Middlesex Philosophy campaign

Submitted by vickim on 23 June, 2010 - 1:18 Author: Vicki Morris

The campaign to keep philosophy at Middlesex University is all but over, and has effectively failed. The management has not backed down on its decision to close the department. They have not budged an inch. Why the hesitancy in giving this assessment?