Education: The Truth, Russian Style

As 30,000,000 Russian schoolkids trooped back to classes last week, there was exciting news for all the girls: for the first time, they would wear uniforms. Teachers announced that the state had the cloth ready; parents were expected to buy it, and make the uniforms themselves: brown woolen dresses with simple white collars, and black aprons.

Newspapers reported that millions of textbooks were on the presses—but Russian children would not have enough books for all their courses. Their textbooks about the outside world were not only propaganda, but dated propaganda. The geography book that children will study this year was published...

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