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This paper presents a brief overview of education in the Soviet Union during the Marxist era and states that one result of the Communist system collapse in 1991 was that it became imperative to democratize Russian society and schooling. The paper notes the need to reevaluate the legacy of "international upbringing" along the line of true humanism, to bring new multicultural and multiethnic dimensions into theoretical discourses, and to educate the younger generation of Russia. With "Soviet person" and "Soviet people" identities gone, education remains a powerful tool in assisting Russian people in their difficult searches of new racial, ethnic, political, ideological, gender, and other cultural identities. The paper is then organized into sections on race; racism and discrimination; ethnos, nation, nationality, ethnic, and national identity; ethnocentrism; biethnicity and multiethnicity; cultural shock; and children of refugees and migrants from the republics of the former USSR. The paper concludes by offering teaching strategies, discussion questions, and learning activities on the topic. Contains both Russian and English references. (BT)

Descriptors: Cultural Context, Democracy, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnicity, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Multicultural Education

Author: Dmitriyev, G. D.


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