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Anyway, the over­ whelming majority of the proletariat is automatically excluded from them on account of the uncertain and precarious life which the wage­ earner is forced to lead - the sort of life which is certainly not the most propitious for fruitfully following a course of study. 3. What the proletariat needs is an educational system that is 3 Men or Machines? The brief discussion which was held at the last council meeting between our comrades and some representatives of the majority, on the subject of vocational education programmes, deserves some comment, however brief and succinct.

Every high-school student costs the state about 1000 lire a year, according to former education minister Rava. And yet, while for every thirty vice-magistrate's jobs there are 300 applicants and 15 who are suitably qualified, our workshops are forced to import technical personnel, commerce falls into the hands of foreigners, and money, in the form of savings, leaves the country, and instead of increasing the nation's wealth and spreading well-being and jobs in our territory, it serves only to worsen the exchange rate, stimulate base egoism and atrocious jingoistic enthusiasms.

We can state that the reduction in illiteracy in Italy is due not so much to the law on compulsory education, as to the intellectual awakening, the awareness of certain spiritual needs that socialist propaganda has succeeded in arousing amongst the ranks of the proletariat in Italy. But we have gone no further than that. Education in Italy is still a rigidly bourgeois affair, in the worst sense of the word. e. direct taxes paid by the proletariat, can only be attended by the children of the bourgeoisie, who alone enjoy the economic independence needed I f il 64 A Gramsci Reader II Working-Class Education and Culture open to all.

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