Education: Soviet Boarding School

At its most highfalutin, the goal of Soviet education is "men and women of noble spirit and lofty ideals who will serve their people selflessly." But Russian schools do not inevitably produce bright-eyedc "builders of Communist society"—not in a land of war orphans and working mothers. Three years ago Nikita Khrushchev ordered a Pavlovian solution: boarding schools in which "engineers of the soul" could hatch a new elite under ideal laboratory conditions. By last week Russia had more than 500 such new schools, with an enrollment of 360,000 students. "The time is not far off," Khrushchev has gloated, "when all our...

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