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By James Muckle

What's it like inside of a Soviet college? James Muckle spent the fall of 1988 educating in Moscow and Leningrad colleges, and this publication is set the scholars and academics he met within the Russian capital in the course of that revealing and infrequently amazing adventure. What is going on in classes, the kid's skill at English, the values of Soviet schooling, out-of-school actions, political discussions are defined; the lecturers, headmistress, alternate union - even the college development are thought of for what will be realized from them. The e-book may be of worth as an advent for college students of comparative schooling to Soviet education, specially in view of the reforms envisaged lower than the current regime. lecturers and oldsters will locate it interesting to learn this account of ways schooling is carried on in a society very assorted from our personal.

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These are, however, very close cousins of theRussians (or 'Great Russians') as their alternative historic names suggest: 'Little Russians' and 'White Russians' respectively. Furthermore, there is no reason why Uzbek, Lithuanian or Armenian parents should not give their children Russian first names, though on the whole, they do not. Allowing for all these caveats, the school must surely be considered racially homogeneous. These 282 children were divided equally between boys and girls. This point is worth mentioning, since in Russia certain subjects are regarded as being more appropriate to one sex or the other: thus one school with a special profile in mathematics is over 75 per cent boys.

I did not feel I had to win the trust and confidence of the pupils- I had it as a matter of course. A fool would lose this confidence, of course, but a mighty great fool he would have to be. There were one or two cases of lack of confidence between staff and pupils in School 1937. One concerned a new, but experienced teacher who had run into trouble because she was unable to adapt herself to the era of glasnost': she still demanded answers learned by rote from the book instead of teaching her classes to think out matters for themselves.

One day I followed a boy from the street to the school, and as he reached the main door he stubbed out his cigarette before entering. Now the pupils from the comprehensive near where I live in Nottingham do at least stop for a smoke a good quarter of a mile from the school, and they tend to hide in a dark corner behind the telephone box. Staff in Moscow do not seem to try very hard to prevent any of this behaviour. ' Every week one of the senior classes is 'duty class'. They are in evidence in the vestibule and passage-ways before school and in the breaks, but they do not seem to be 'looking after good order' (their ostensible purpose) in any but the most general way.

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