World Teachers’ Day
The role of the progressive teacher
In conditions of global capitalist crisis, with acute problems of the working class, with increased problems of the poor peoples, of the peoples who shed their blood by the imperialist wars, the teachers must stand up as educators, scientists and pioneer militants.
The differences exist from country to country and from continent to continent can not justify inactivity to any teacher. We must all give our best to teach the historic and scientific truth, the lesson of the right of the peoples, of the poor and downtrodden, even when the educational system wants to muzzle us, when the directives of the imperialist organizations intervene in the analytical programs and in the content of education so that it will be adapted to their interests. Even when the reformist trade unions talk about development opportunities for the teachers through anti-educational and anti-scientific programs, in conditions of fierce competitiveness and commercialization of education the teachers are obliged to indiscipline and obey the interests of their class. They must not teach the lies planned by imperialism, aiming at passing them in the pure minds of the pupils.
They have to reveal the truth to pupils, parents, and the working class of every country. The capitalist governments have placed the education among the commercial goods and face the teachers, schools, universities like parts that will bring them more profits, like machines that will adjust the minds of the new shift of the working class to the laws and the needs of the multinationals and monopolies.
The FISE Secretariat addresses to these pioneer militant teachers on the occasion of the World Teachers’ Day and calls them to multiply their contribution to the struggle for better education in all the countries.
The FISE Secretariat also addresses to every pure teacher and calls him to strengthen the educational trade unions that struggle in a class orientation. It is the interest of all the teachers to help the organized struggle for an education that will be free and adapted to the modern needs for knowledge, development and culture that will benefit people and not the businesses.
The teachers’ struggle for their labor rights goes together with the struggle of the class-oriented trade union movement, with the struggle of the WFTU for free books.