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Education and the Workers Good Meeting in the Rink on Sunday Class Teachers explain the Need and Objects Owing to the unfortunate illness of our Com- rade Bob Williams, and his consequent inability to fill the I.L.P. Rink platform as advertised, the local Branch consented to a suggestion put forward by the Social Science classes that we should stage our two teachers, Mark Starr and E.J. Williams, and derate the afternoon to education, and am explanation* of the new movement that is running so strongly throughout the South Walian valleys. It was unfortunate that the day was so bitterly cold, and so untempting out of doors with its driving sleet and frequent rain showers, and in face of those conditions we can pat ourselves on the back that such a splendidly satisfying audience should have been interested enough too turn out to learn something of our educational aide. The meeting was precluded with a pleasant surprise; one of our local police offieials having become so impressed by his attendance at our meetings as ve have decided on a course of reading, to meet which he purchased. several copies of the pam- phlets that Comrade Arthur Ayles had or ought down to sell. Amongst those bought being Morel's Tsardom's Part in the War," and "The Communist Manifesto" of Marx and Engels. Both are excellent, and presuming we are right as to his motives, as we hope we a,re, he should get some serious food for thought out of these. WHICH EDUCATION? Mr. Dai Morris did admirably from the chair, and Mark Starr was his usual fluent self in his discourse on the claims of independent educa- tion on the working class. It might seem a little out of place in times such as these to occupy a platform with such an apparently abstract topic in education; but a little reflection would show that whilst the excitements of Bolo-hunting with Clem Edwaids ltiigh- be more dicwy, it .as' really education that should be talked about to the working-class. We of the working-class had been "wanting it upstairs" for a long time, and it was time that we decided to give some at- tention to the contents of our ganetB." Ex- perience had taught us that in industry we could not trust our bosses, and had oompelled us to appoint ehockweighers and workmen's examiners; and in politics experience had taught us the same bitter lesson and had led to the creation of the Independent Labour Party. But in education we were still content to rely upon the education that was dictated for us by these men whom we had learned to distrust on the other fields of life. He divideri education into three arbitrary sections of general elementary education in the three R's; which was beneficial to the workers and the Capitalists, but was sub- verted to Capitalistic and National ends by its drum and trumpet history; patriotic poetry, and the ideology intended to make the worker a do- cile wage-slave; technical education, which he declared served no communal advancement, but merely aided the Capitalists* and individual mem- bers of the working class; and education in the sciences, arts and humanities that were excel- lent in their way, but which tended to absorb a man in a specialised branch as a hobby. It was by the worker studying industrial history and economics that he realised his position; that he came to know how the labourer of the past had fared, and from the past gained guidance for the present and future. A SNAP-SHOT OF ECONOMICS. Mr. Ted Williams, our popular economies lec- turer, followed with an interesting sna,p-shot sketch of the confusion on the economic side of the science, with a popular exposition of the Marxian interpretation of value as an illustra- tion of the scientific nature of the Socialist theoretic basis. Many of the orthodox econo- mists, lie pointed out, were quite well-intentioned persons, but the incompleteness of their analysis, due to an attempt to ignore the es- sential clash of interests, and to apologise for the Capitalist position in society, produced only panaceas and not remedies for the social evils that existed in our midst. For instance, the Welsh League for the Taxation of Land Values attempted to trace all the evils of the day to landlordism, an obviously incomplete cause since landlordism was merely one of the factors in Capitalism, and not the whole. The criticism of the League was three hundred years out of date. Had it been advocated in the days of feudalism when the whole hierarchy did rest on the land and its possession it would have offered a complete' answer to the social evils, but with the coming of the social revolution that criticism became an anachronism. All that these projects of new-Liberalism did to-day was to side-track the working-class interests from trades unionism and independent Socialist political action. The.? projects did not pertain in any regree to the modern problems which we had to solve.. It was because the" other side" could not solve our problems that the working-class had had to de- velop its own educational institutions. It was the recognition that if the workers desired emancipation they must emancipate themselves and must do it from the rank and file indepen- dent of hero-worship and demi-god creation that had lead to this great educational advancement, in which he invited all to participate. The Chairman of the I.L.P. Social Science Classes extended a hearty invitation to all in- terested to join the Merfchyr Classes held at Bentley's on Friday evenings at 7 p.m., and Sunday moraiings at 11 a.m.

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