Teachers and the state

Teachers have a direct influence on the functioning of schools. As a professional group, from the very beginning they have interacted dynamically with successive governments. They often engage in disputes, also internal, over the nature of education, the conditions in which schools function as well as the boundaries of their autonomy. How to make schools and what is their purpose – these issues have been important both during the Partitions of Poland and the interwar period as well as today.

Some key moments in the history of disputes over education include.


photo: Congress of the Polish Teachers’ Union, 1938, from the collection of the National Digital Archives


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