Draft socialist ideas/education proposals

Draft socialist ideas/education proposals

The transition working committee on education committee has drafted a set of 10 points which it feels should form the basis for the National Executive discussion on socialist ideas for Socialist Alliance from next year.

While comrades generally agreed on the content of the 10 points, individual comrades reserved the right to make amendments to the wording of some of the points.

However, the 10 points (printed below) generally represent the broad consensus that was reached at the meeting, so I circulated them (below) as a draft for comrades information and as the basis for a discussion at the joint Democratic Socialist Party/Socialist Alliance NE to be held on Thursday evening.

  1. Socialist Alliance recognises that access to the educational assets and publishing resources of the DSP would be of benefit to all SA members as part of a wider exposure to all socialist perspectives. Socialist Alliance may make use of the accumulated educational experience and assets of the DSP.
  2. Socialist Alliance establishes a educational committee with the task of facilitating access by all SA members to education and published resources that inform them of a range of socialist ideas The range of socialist ideas discussed may be broader than SA policy which is set out in its adopted resolutions.
  3. The Socialist Alliance political education committee should investigate the merits of proposing to the NE that it recommends that all branches form socialist ideas committees
  4. Socialist Alliance aims to encourage various forms of political, social and environmental education, so that members are able to take advantage of training and learning programs that may increase their understanding and raise consciousness.
  5. Socialist Alliance recognises that political, social and environmental educational resources will include discussions, forums, publications and multimedia techniques.
  6. Socialist Alliance encourages states and branches to organise and hold socialist ideas forums when practicable, to facilitate a wide-ranging discussion of socialist ideas.
  7. Socialist Alliance seeks to make available the Links website as an information resource for all branches
  8. That Socialist Alliance may make recommendations to Resistance Books in line with its educational and political needs, and may make use of Resistance Books titles in its education programs.
  9. Socialist Alliance recognises the Marxist schools being organised in January 2010 as part of the broad range of educational activities that it offers its members
  10. To use the drafting of the proposed book on socialism to frame a discussion on socialist ideas in Socialist Alliance branches.
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