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Education: childcare, social control or empowerment?

April 29 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Struggles around education – from students’ climate strikes spreading around the world to the strikes by US teachers and other education workers for decent pay, class sizes and support services – are inspirational.

But what is education for? And what does that mean for the struggles now unfolding?

School strikes in the US have exposed how society relies on schools for childcare and the power of disrupting social reproduction on the rest of the society. Education socialises to accept authority, to live by the clock and timetables, and to accept society’s norms whether they are good or bad for us, and to be compared and labelled through testing and exams. Educational priorities are often driven by ’employability’ which means the needs of employers rather than students. But education can also be empowering, exposing us to a variety of ideas, helping us learn to question what we are told and put forward our own ideas.

Come and join this discussion, introduced by Estelle Cooch and hosted by Revolutionary Socialism in the 21st century.


April 29
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Friends’ Meeting House
6 Mount Street
Manchester, M2 5NS


Manchester rs21