Friday, January 26, 2018

USSR Today -- Education, 1975 w. photos Part I

Vintage Leftist Leaflet Project

See the end of this post for details on the project.

Leaflet: USSR Today -- Education, 1975 

One of the most remarkable achievements in the history of the modern world was the feat that the Soviet Union accomplished in building an extensive and free educational system that dragged its republics and peoples out of a state of neo-feudalism, mass ignorance and illiteracy. 

As you will read they overcame levels of literacy that in some cases were less than 1% of the population to have literacy rates that were virtually at 100% by the 70s. This was done in every republic and among every people in the USSR. 

In the cauldron of imperialist encirclement, civil war, one of the most destructive invasions in history and internal disruptions, the USSR built an education system from kindergarten to university that should have been the envy of the world but for the propaganda efforts in the west to deny its reality. 

The Soviets through their collective efforts built one of the most educated societies on Earth.

This leaflet, released in 1975, provides a history of the evolution of education in the Soviet Union as well as the plans they had at the time for the future.

We have divided the post into two parts, this first one with an overview and looking at early childhood education to the Soviet equivalent of high school. The next part will look at higher education.

(Click on scan to enlarge)

When The Left Chapter began part of what I wanted to do on the blog was to show and highlight vintage public leftist election/political leaflets and booklets. While many of these have been offered with commentary to date, a very large collection of hundreds of them from several different sources remains and to preserve these often quite rare documents we will be posting them on a regular (almost daily) basis now often without or with minimal commentary so that people may have access to them as quickly as possible as an historical resource. 

While these will all be leaflets from a variety of different leftist viewpoints and countries, they are being posted as an historical/study resource and the views or opinions expressed in them do not necessarily reflect the views of this blog or blogger.

All of these posts (as well as posts made to date) will be listed on the page: Vintage Communist/Socialist Leaflets (which is still being updated with past posts).

If you have any public, vintage leaflets or booklets you would like to contribute to this project please contact us via

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