Education: To Serve the State

Whatever else can be said about Soviet education, it serves the Communist purpose more efficiently each year. Last week Nicholas DeWitt, of Harvard's Russian Research Center, shed fresh light on a sweeping reform of the Soviet school system that is intended to put education unblinkingly at the service of the state. "The Russians were, are and will be training an army of scientists and technologists," wrote DeWitt in School and Society. "They want no generalists—only specialists."

Under the new system most youngsters will only get eight years of regular school, will then be...

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