Political Activity in the School
Readers from societies which are more politically apathetic than the Soviet Union may imagine that political aspects of the work of a school there are merely a matter of form. Perhaps, this misconception runs, the teachers ignore the obligatory ideological content of lessons, the pupils become immune to those parts of their textbooks and their lessons which convey a political message. Maybe assent to certain tenets of Communism becomes automatic, even unconscious. Opponents of Communism may even hope that the teaching of its doctrines could be counter-productive. After all, it is well known that the compulsory courses in Marxism-Leninism and history of the Party are unpopular in higher education and that students often attend without paying attention.1 The act of Christian worship in British schools has, similarly, been cited as an example of unwise compulsion which, it is argued, has done no good to religion.
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Notes and References
- 1.A handbook for lecturers delivering these courses gives hints on how to handle passive and indifferent, perhaps even hostile, students: see Razin, V. I., Obshchaya metodika prepodavaniya filosofii v vuzakh ( Moscow: Vysshaya shkola, 1977 ), pp. 31–9.Google Scholar
- 4.Hill, R. J. and Frank, P., The Soviet Communist Party 2 edn (London: Allen and Unwin, 1983), pp. 37–8, 43 and 65, underline the imbalance between women and men.Google Scholar
- 6.Lebedeva, S. M. et al., Izuchaem vtoroy inostrannyy yazyk (Moscow: Vysshaya shkola, 1986 ). The extract is even more surprising in view of the relatively recent date of publication of the book.Google Scholar