Viewpoints and Perspectives

Prospects in Education

, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp 45-50

First online:

Lenin and public education

  • F. F. KorolevAffiliated withAcademy of Pedagogical Sciences of the U.S.S.R.

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During 1970, the year which marks the centenary of the birth of V. I. Lenin, many periodicals are devoting articles and studies to the career of the founder of the Soviet State. Although Lenin's work in the political sphere is widely known, little is known outside the U.S.S.R. about the influence he had on the cultural —and the educational—development of his country. The following text outlines Lenin's contribution in these areas and helps to explain, in part, the rapid and widespread expansion of public education in the Soviet Union to which he gave impetus.