"Socialist Teacher Alliance" - an SWP front?

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Oct 3 2011 18:35
"Socialist Teacher Alliance" - an SWP front?

A workmate has been contacted by these folks:

http://www.socialistteacher.org/

I'm guessing by the name, the website and this:

http://www.socialistworker.co.uk/art.php?id=14523

That they're an SWP front.

Anybody else know anything about them?

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Oct 3 2011 18:49

They are doing a lot of similar stuff like this in the USA so I wouldn't be surprised.

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Oct 3 2011 20:09

I've not met any in person that ever tried to recruit me, though I had heard of em them, despite knowing a few SWP teachers who were NUT reps, and one was borough NUT president. But yeah, does look like an SWP front.

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Oct 3 2011 21:03

Looks like it, of the named speakers Sue Bond is SWP but Alex Kenny is coalition of Resistance.
According to PErmanent Revolution SWP has re-entered the STA so it might be a group they don't control yet, but wish to. Probably not likely to be a useful group, but might be interesting to meet people involved. I'm more concerned about the fact that they want to make my school into an academy.

And I saw this and it made me laugh

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The NUT is full of MACADAMIAs – Marxist And Communist Apparatchiks Disparaging All Manner of Intellectual Advancement.
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Oct 3 2011 21:54

Not a front as far as i am aware, I believe it is closely related to the anti-acadamies alliance. I will ask my partner as she will the for sure.

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Oct 4 2011 06:32
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I'm more concerned about the fact that they want to make my school into an academy.

They? The gov't right, not the STA?

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Oct 4 2011 08:35

STA started in the late sixties with usec fourth international politics mainly putting the politics into the NUT i.e. not focussing on the workplace, this seems to have amounted to passing motions on worthy causes. Over the years it has transformed into a 'broad left ' type of organisation. It is now mainly an election machine within the NUT. It is now dominated by the SWP, who stitched up the SP (who set up their front Socialist Teacher) who then left. so not a classic front like say the Right to Work. I overstated the AAA connections.

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Oct 4 2011 17:51
Chilli Sauce wrote:
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I'm more concerned about the fact that they want to make my school into an academy.

They? The gov't right, not the STA?

Sorry, I meant the governors of my school. For some reason I am always suspicious when bosses want the right to make changes that will worsen my working conditions.

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Oct 4 2011 20:50

This is the experiemnce of a lot of school workers now. My new school is also considering academy status, though the head is not keen on it, but he's so 'pragmatic' that it'll happen 'if it has to'.

And having spent 2yrs in an academy I can tell you it's fuckin horrible.
The other schools I know that recently been converted have all had sham consultations where the majority of parents and staff indicated their opposition but the governors forced it through anyway, and the unions were largely useless, threatenting strike action and later settling for TUPE carryover (and calling that a 'victory'), which i'd place no real faith in once a school becomes an academy.

Melissa Benn's new book School Wars, despite it's woeful Labour ball-licking is useful for stats on the rise of academies and has a few interesting anecdotes.

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Oct 4 2011 21:57

Yeah, as others have said it is like a broad left group, although the SWP of the biggest group in it.

On a related note, the Milibands' old school, Haverstock, recently stated its intention to look into getting academy status. But as soon as staff found out the NUT got authorisation for a strike ballot, the staff said they were against it and said they were going to start petitioning parents.

The plan was dropped in four days.