ERIC Number: ED384813
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Marxism: The Relationship to Today's Work and Training.
Decker, Carol A.
As society becomes more accepting of unfamiliar cultures, Marxism must be reexamined for its relationship to current management styles and its potential worth in training and the work environment. The educational method of Marxism emphasizes discussion over lecture. Marxism proposes that general education is the key to having a classless society. It recognizes the need to educate workers, but Marxist leaders fear an attraction to more knowledge and democracy if such a breakthrough would occur. Two facets of Marxism seem contradictory. First, Marxism recognizes the working class but limits their productivity by providing general knowledge and a limited expansion of hands-on skill opportunities. Second, Marxism promotes the ideals of change but blocks out the notion of a propagandist who can offer meaning or relevant knowledge to the masses. If compared to U.S. businesses, this scenario seems very familiar. Organizations need workers and their productivity but are ill prepared or fearful to provide the necessary knowledge through training. Moreover, management has consistently stifled the creativity, productivity, and ambition of workers. Organization leaders are doing nothing more than supporting the Marxist philosophy. Employees are asked to support the company without formative questions. For these reasons, Marxism will not be a wave of the future for U.S. businesses. Two positive notes from the Marxist era are recognition of change and discussion as an educational technique. Contains two references.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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