GREAT RETREAT: EDUCATION AND FAMILY

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  • The Great Retreat: family and education
    • Family
      • Propaganda emphasised the importance of family
      • Working class described as 'one big family'
      • Stalin presented as a family man
      • Propaganda demonised men who had affairs and neglected children
    • Education
      • Komsomol
        • Soviet youth organisation
        • Promoted sexual abstinence-medical virginity checks performed
        • Police empowered to arrest women who dressed in a revealing manner
      • School
        • 1935-new curriculum focused on discipline, numeracy, literacy and tradition
        • Teaching of history focused on leaders and how great Russia was
        • 30% of time devoted to language and 10% to history
      • Teachers
        • Influenced by Stakhanovite movement
        • If students failed, blame on teachers

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