Russia's Educational Heritage

Russia's Educational Heritage

Russia's Educational Heritage

Russia's Educational Heritage

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This volume is by no means an attempt to chart the future course of Soviet education, nor even to explain the backgrounds of all the important details of its present organization. It has been written merely in the hope that, through an analysis of earlier Russian educational history, some light may be shed upon the motivations behind certain Soviet pedagogical procedures. Even though some of the documents of the past seem to have value in themselves, and a few appear remarkably prophetic of the future, the main purpose of the volume is to present an integrated view of the educational background of a great nation, expressly through its efforts to erect a satisfactory system of teacher education.

The approach, in the main, has been chronological. Chapters Two to Six, inclusive, cover the era from the fifteenth to the middle of the nineteenth century, and deal with the early Church schools, the establishment of state institutions of higher learning, the creation of state secondary and elementary schools, the unification of many of these agencies into a national system, and the disastrous period of reaction which characterized the second quarter of the last century. At this point a digression is made, in . . .

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