Pistrak – The Labor School

Moisey Mikhaylovich Pistrak (1888 – 1940)

Pistrak was a socialist educator who lived in Russia and influenced the pedagogical ideas of the post-Russian revolution period of 1917, expressed in the book “Fundamentals of the School of Labor” written in 1924.

Teachers should be re-educated and relearn teaching practice in this new revolutionary school.

It seeks to embody the ideas expressed in dialectical materialism, based on the knowledge of the general laws governing the natural and social world, the concern with the present, the social conditions of human work, and the data of student observation. Pistrak defines the School of Labor, giving primacy to organized and disciplined work in the industry. The school is thought of as a disciplined environment, close to the Factory model