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Glenn Rikowski

Glenn Rikowski

Marxism and Education: Online Resources


For those interested in Marxism and Education, Marxist educational theory or Marxian approaches to education, I have put together what I consider to be the most useful and inspiring resources available on the Internet today.


Glenn Rikowski, London, 23rd May 2008


Marxism & Education – from the Marxists Internet Archive

The classic texts: including some of Marx’s statements on education, put together by Andy Blunden for the Marxist Internet Archive. Sections on: Early Ideas on Socialist Education; Socialist Ideas on Education; Lenin on Education; Reports on Soviet Education; Education in Stalinist Russia; Early Childhood and Play; Adolescence and Ethical Development; Society and Individual Development; Cognition and Foundations of Learning; and Paulo Freire.



Informal Education (InFed)

Barry Burke (2008) writes on Karl Marx and Informal Education, at:


Policy Futures in Education – Special Double Issue on Marxist Futures

In 2004, Policy Futures in Education (Vol.2 Nos. 3 & 4) published a double and special issue on Marxism and education. It includes articles by Michael Peters, Simon Marginson, Zeus Leonardo, Mike Cole, Dave Hill and many others. The full contents can be found at: The general URL is:


Cultural Logic: An Electronic Journal of Marxist Theory & Practice

This journal produced a special issue on Marxism and Education (Vol.4 No.1, Fall 2000). It includes contributions from Peter McLaren, Rich Gibson, Bertell Ollman and many others. The contents can be viewed at:


Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor

Focusing mainly on higher education, this journal has a number of articles where Marxian analysis is central.



Public Resistance

This journal contains a number of articles written by leading Marxist educational theorists and researchers. See:


Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies (JCEPS)

The Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies carries a number of articles inspired by Marxist and Marxian approaches to education. It also includes reviews of books within the field of Marxism and education.



The Institute for Education Policy Studies (IEPS)      

This web site carries a number of papers inspired by Marxian approaches to education. Writers include Peter McLaren, Paula Allman and Glenn Rikowski. This site is organised by Dave Hill, and you can find many papers by him there.  See:


Rich Gibson’s Education Page for a Democratic Society 

This is a great site for radical and Marxist educators! See in particular the ‘Teaching and Education’ and Practical Philosophy’ subsections of ‘Truly Exceptional Topics Rich Gibson Wrote About’ (by clicking option 2 on the home page). See:


Peter McLaren: Critical Pedagogy, Paulo Freire, Marxist-Humanism, Eco-socialism and Critical Theory and Education

This is a tremendous web site. It contains a number of freely accessible online articles from one of the world’s leaders on Marxist writings on education and Critical and Revolutionary Pedagogy.



David Harvie

David Harvie is one of world’s best writers on education today working from a Marxian perspective. He has a number of online articles at: 



The University of Leeds based resource for online papers on education. If you search for ‘Marxism’ in the search box in ‘Browse the Index’ you get a number of papers by Paula Allman, John Wallis, John W. Morgan, Mike Cole, Dave Hill and others. If you search for ‘Rikowski’ you get 7 papers by me. See:


Information for Social Change

This e-journal ran a Special Issue on ‘Education for Social Change’ that contains a number of Marxist-inspired articles on education (Issue No.23, summer 2006): 


The Flow of Ideas

This is the web site of the Rikowski family. It contains a number of articles on Marxism and education. See:



Key Online Articles and Papers on Marxism and Education by Glenn Rikowski:


Rikowski, G. (2004) Marx and the Education of the Future, Policy Futures in Education, Vol.2 Nos. 3 & 4, pp.565-577, online at:


Rikowski, G. (2005) Distillation: Education in Karl Marx’s Social Universe, Lunchtime Seminar, School of Education, University of East London, Barking Campus, 14th February:


Rikowski, G. (2006) Education and the Politics of Human Resistance, Information for Social Change, Issue No.23 (Summer):

Rikowski, G. (2007) Marxist Educational Theory Unplugged, a paper prepared for the Fourth Historical Materialism Annual Conference, 9-11th November, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London:

Update 2nd March 2013

Rikowski, G. (2011) Capitorg: Education and the Constitution of the Human in Contemporary Society, A paper prepared for the Praxis & Pedagogy Research Seminar, The Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media (GradCAM), Dublin, Ireland, 25th May 2011, available online at ‘The Flow of Ideas’:

Rikowski, G. (2012) Life in the Higher Sausage Factory, Guest Lecture to the Teacher Education Research Group, The Cass School of Education and Communities, University of East London, 22nd March, online at:


This first appeared on the Volumizer on 23rd May 2008. All AOL journals, blogs and newsletters were terminated on 31st October 2008. 

UPDATE:  Some of my papers on Marxisn and Education are now available at Academia, at:

Glenn Rikowski

Glenn Rikowski


  1. Interesting resources. I’ll have to add a link from my Autodidact Project site.

  2. If you would be so kind, please take a look at my new blog…i know the writing is not great, but if you would like to write something for me, that would be great, i would even post a link to your blog,
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  3. There are problems with several of the links. For one, the Leeds link requires a university log-in, so all but students and faculty are excluded. And the Peter McLaren link is “not found”.

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