Soviet Democracy By Pat Sloan

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A FOREIGNER who takes up work in the U.S.S.R. is struck by many things.

But, for an all-around view of what everyday life is like, few occupations could be better than that of a teacher.

The foreign worker in the Soviet factory has the experience of being a wage earner in a Soviet enterprise.

But the worker in a Soviet school not only has this important experience but also constant contact with the younger generation, with those who form the youngest and freshest ranks of Soviet citizens.

For this reason, I am glad that my first occupation in the U.S.S.R. was that of a teacher in a technical college, where I was able to see the working of a really democratic educational system at first hand.

There are two features of Soviet education that must strike every person who has taught outside the U.S.S.R.

The first is that the students themselves appear to be drawn from people of every walk of life.

Those who are always enabled to study if they have the necessary ability, without any economic burden through not earning a living while studying.

The second feature is the extent to which the Soviet student, in school, technical college, and university, is trained to participate in the running of public affairs.

Starting in the school or university itself, and extending over every aspect of Soviet life.

In the present chapter, we shall deal with the first of these features of Soviet education. In the next chapter, we shall consider the second.

A first decree of the Russian Soviet Government, adopted shortly after the seizure of power in 1917, dealt with education.

“Every genuinely democratic power must, in the domain of education, in a country where ignorance and illiteracy reign supreme, make it’s the first aim the struggle against this darkness…

It must introduce universal, obligatory, and free tuition for all.”

AuthorPat Sloan
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