Marx and Education is the first assessment of the educational thought of Karl Marx (1818-1883) and its later influence, in the light of developments at the close of the twentieth century. It provides a new perspective, in which many aspects of Marx's ideas are seen clearly for the first time, freed from misleading associations and outdated prejudices. Marx's thinking on education touches on many still current issues: about personal development, the nature of learning, and the ultimate aims of education, as well as the relations between the school and society. Robin Small explores Marx's approach to each of these issues and in relating them to later developments brings the story up to the present day.
"I can highly recommend the book. It is very readable, and its careful documentation, contextualisation and interpretation of what Marx has written on education makes it an important contribution to Marx scholarship as well as to the study of education and society."
- Palle Rasmussen, Aalborg University, Denmark.
Contents: Preface; Acknowledgements; Part I: Educational Theory: Human nature; Alienation; Praxis; Historical materialism; Ideology. Part II: Educational Practice: Problems and programmes; Polytechnical training; Work, play and school; State education; Socialist schooling. Conclusion: Marx's educational legacy; Bibliography; Index.