Learning with Lenin

Selected Works on Education and Revolution

Edited by:
Derek R. Ford, DePauw University
Curry Stephenson Malott, West Chester University of Pennsylvania

A volume in the series: Marxist, Socialist, and Communist Studies in Education. Editor(s): Curry Stephenson Malott, West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Derek R. Ford, DePauw University.

Published 2019

Learning with Lenin brings together, for the first time, Lenin’s classic texts and his speeches and writings on education. To facilitate educators and activists’ engagement with these works, a study and discussion guide accompanies each text. Learning with Lenin contributes to the rematerialization of a revolutionary movement in the U.S. by focusing on the pedagogy of Lenin. After a series of setbacks and attacks that seriously degraded its status in both working-class struggles and educational theory, socialism is once again on the rise. Like the generations before them, organizers, activists, and educators are once again turning to classic works of socialism to understand and respond to the systematic depravities of imperialism, white supremacy, and settler-colonialism. Learning with Lenin will assist anyone interested in reading and applying Lenin’s theories to our current era, with all of its complexities and contradictions.

Praise for Learning with Lenin
"Renowned education psychologist Lev Vygotsky knew quite well that Lenin had much to teach us about the relationship between education and revolution. In Learning with Lenin, Derek Ford and Curry Malott help bring Lenin’s valuable insights into today’s struggle for a society that meets the needs of humanity and the planet.” ~ Wayne Au, Professor, UW Bothell, author of, A Marxist Education.

CONTENTS
Introduction. PART I: EDUCATIONAL TEXTS. Chapter 1: The Question of the Ministry of Education: Study and Discussion Guide. The Question of Ministry of Education Policy: Supplement to the Discussion on Public Education. Chapter 2: Speech at the First All-Russia Congress on Education: Study and Discussion Guide. Speech at the First All- Russia Congress on Education. Chapter 3: Speech at the First All-Russia Congress on Adult Education: Study and Discussion Guide. First All-Russia Congress on Adult Education. Chapter 4: Speech at the First All-Russia Congress of Workers in Education and Socialist Culture: Study and Discussion Guide. Speech at the First All-Russia Congress of Workers in Education and Socialist Culture. Chapter 5: Speech Delivered at an All-Russia Conference of Political Education Workers of Gubernia and Uyezd: Study and Discussion Guide. Speech to Congress on Political Education Workers of Gubernia and Uyezd. Chapter 6: Instructions of the Central Committee: To Communists Working in the People’s Commissariat for Education: Study and Discussion Guide. Instructions of the Central Committee: To Communists Working in the People’s Commissariat for Education. Chapter 7: The Work of the People’s Commissariat for Education: Study and Discussion Guide. The Work of the People’s Commissariat for Education. Chapter 8: The New Economic Policy and the Tasks of the Political Education Departments: Report to the Second All-Russia Congress of Political Education Departments October 17, 1921: Study and Discussion Guide. The New Economic Policy and the Tasks of the Political Education Departments: Report to the Second All-Russia Congress of Political Education Departments October 17, 1921. Chapter 9: Pages From a Diary: Study and Discussion Guide. Pages From a Diary. PART II: FOUNDATIONAL TEXTS. Chapter 10: What Is to Be Done? Study and Discussion Guide. What Is to Be Done? Burning Questions of Our Movement. Chapter 11: The Right of Nations to Self-Determination: Study and Discussion Guide. The Right of Nations to Self-Determination. Chapter 12: Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism: Study and Discussion Guide. Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism. Chapter 13: The State and Revolution: Study and Discussion Guide. The State and Revolution. Chapter 14: Left-Wing Communism: An Infantile Disorder: Study and Discussion Guide. “Left-Wing” Communism: An Infantile Disorder. Appendix: The Socialist Alteration of Man, Lev Vygotsky 1930.

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