Journal of East China Normal University(Educational Sciences) ›› 2023, Vol. 41 ›› Issue (8): 44-52.doi: 10.16382/j.cnki.1000-5560.2023.08.005

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The Theoretical Implications of Labor Education

Xianming Xiang   

  1. School of Education, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210097, China
  • Accepted:2023-03-06 Online:2023-08-01 Published:2023-07-25


Labor education is a very important and special aspect of the theory of “five educations” in Marxist pedagogy. It forms an organic whole closely linked with moral, intellectual, physical and aesthetic aspects in human development. Whether as an educational activity, an educational content, a moral education, or as a special curriculum in schools, labor education should be comprehensive, free, independent and creative. Otherwise, it cannot promote people’s free and all-round development. In the process of alienated labor education, people lose their subjectivity and are simply trained as labor tools. Labor education itself often degenerates into a punitive activity. In terms of its essential characteristics, labor education can establish a meaningful connection between students’ book knowledge and their social practice, so as to fundamentally solve the problem of “Reading in a pedantic way”, and thus has important value in overcoming educational alienation. The free and all-round development of human beings, in the final analysis, depends on the development of labor itself. Therefore, free, independent and comprehensive labor education is the fundamental way to ultimately bring up people with all-round development.

Key words: labor education, sciences of education, people’s all-round development, Marxism