This is a podcast of Colin Waugh talking about the history of the International Working Class Education movement and the strike of Ruskin College which took place in 1909. He explains the roots of the movement and the origins of the Oxford based college, as well as how it was funded.
The meeting at Ruskin College on 27th March is essentially about how independent working class education (IWCE) could be developed within trade union education.
The impulse for this stems partly from the pamphlet ‘Plebs’: the Lost Legacy of Independent Working-Class Education, produced last year by PSE to mark the centenary of the 1909 Ruskin College ‘strike’. What happened in and around that ‘strike’ is important now because it is the main example available to us of working-class people setting up on their own initiative a system of adult education -the Labour College movement – that was independent of the employing class and its state. Read more