It would indeed seem that it might help the labor movement in this country if the history of the labor movement was actually taught (so that young people would know there actually WAS a labor movement!). Funny, when I was in high school (Tottenville High School, Staten Island, New York) in the 1980’s, my economics class was taught by one of the leaders of the United Federation of Teachers. We learned economics from the perspective of labor (from the extraction of surplus value to the inexorable movement of history via the class struggle), and I guess I had come to take what had probably been then, in the midst of the Reagan eighties (and today would certainly be) a unique experience, for granted (please excuse the tortured sentence).
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