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Alinsky for Teacher Organizers

Alinsky for Teacher Organizers

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 Alinsky for Teacher Organizers
was written in 1972 for use in the training ofteachers. If many recognize it as the facilitative process, the Delphi technique,to which they have been exposed, such is because they are one and the same.This process has been around for a long time, being perfected and fine-tuned,awaiting the time when it would be implemented extensively in the interests oftransforming America.This document, except for some minor corrections, is the exact wording – in total– of the original document, complete to underlining.The Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), founded by Saul Alinsky, is alive and wellin the United States, organizing and expanding its power base in many statesunder various names. The IAF is associated with the Interfaith Alliance in manycommunities, also churches and schools. The organization's religious philosophyis that of Paulo Freire as put forth in his book
Pedagogy of the Oppressed 
, whathas become known as
liberation theology 
: the "haves" are the oppressors, the"have nots" are the oppressed; the "have nots" must rise up against the "haves", ifby violent means, so be it.The IAF is an implementation partner in the National Alliance for RestructuringEducation (NARE), now known as America's Choice™, in the area of communityorganizing. NARE was one of the original design teams funded by the NewAmerican Schools Development Corporation (NASDC). NARE is owned by theNational Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE), of which Marc Tucker isthe head.Saul Alinsky was a self-avowed Marxist, his books
Rules for Radicals
and
Reveille for Radicals
are reflections of his beliefs and organizing strategies and tactics,alive and well in the IAF of today. Hillary Rodham Clinton, at one point, wasoffered a position by Alinsky in his organization. When Bill Clinton was governorof Arkansas, he brought Marc Tucker into the state to redesign or transform theireducation system around the systems governance philosophy. Tucker would laterpay Mrs Clinton over $100,000 to promote
 America's Choice: high skills or low wages!
— the product of the Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce(CSAW), another program of NCEE. Many of the people who served on NCEE'sCommission on the Skills of the American Workforce would become participantson the Secretaries Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS).The strategies, tactics and beliefs of Saul Alinsky find basis in the HegelianDialectic developed by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. His philosophy would befurthered by Karl Marx.
 
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Alinsky for Teacher Organizers
ByJ. Michael ArismanMidwest Training ConsultantNational Education Association
Introduction
T
he Industrial Areas Foundation is a training institute for community organizers. The IAF wasrun by Saul Alinsky until his death in June of 1972. Edward Chambers is its Associate Director,and Richard Harmon is Director of Field Operations. In January of 1972, Alinsky, Chambersand Harmon conducted a training program for UniServ personnel in the State of Kentucky, andin February a training program for Illinois UniServ personnel. The material enclosed is drawnfrom those training programs in the "Principles of Organizing."The reader will note that the text makes constant reference to Alinsky, but not to Chambersor Harmon. This is merely a convenience. Alinsky, Chambers and Harmon all contributed tothe views which we identify here as Alinsky's. Their conceptualization of the task oforganizing is identical in all substantial regard. This is why a combination of views can bedescribed as Alinsky's. It should be noted, however, that selection of material for inclusion inthe article, as well as phraseology, is the author's, and is not the responsibility of the IAFstaff.
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