While our two countries were rattling their sabers, testing bombs and exchanging spies, the USSR was educating its children much like we educated ours in the United States. This 1959 Illustrated Russian Dictionary for “non-Russian” (Iron Curtain) grade schoolers (учащийся) suggests that literacy was more important than ideology, at least in the early years.
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Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.View all posts by Steven Heller →