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School System and Educational Policy in a Highly Stratified Post-Soviet Society: the Importance of Social Context

Kosaretsky S., Grunicheva I., Pinskaya М.
This article presents the results of a study seeking to answer whether Russian educational policy with respect to compulsory and secondary education meets contemporary social challenges, and how it should be adjusted to account for the acute social inequality. The authors present some evidence of the growing social polarization in post-Soviet Russia, and discuss it against the current situation in compulsory and secondary education which is characterized by strong differentiation of schools in terms of their performance, enrollment, and availability of resources. They further discuss the possible impact of major turns in Russia’s educational policy on the processes of social stratification, and whether it was effective enough to provide equal access to quality education for all social groups. In concluding their analysis the authors make several suggestions about how education policy in Russia needs to be adjusted for it to become more targeted and relevant to the context, in which its educational institutions operate and in which social background of children has a profound impact on their educational success and eventually life chances.