A Glance at the Soviet Lifestyle, Captured by Marc Riboud

Singing classes, Moscow, 1960s

A singing class, Moscow, 1960s

This is our third post devoted to Marc Riboud, an out­stand­ing French pho­tog­ra­pher, who trav­eled exten­sively through­out the Soviet Union.  His images cap­tured an array of every­day life episodes from the lives of the Soviet peo­ple.

Museum, Moscow, 1960s

Museum, Moscow, 1960s

Moscow, 1960s

Moscow, 1960s

Moscow, 1960s

Moscow, 1960s

Moscow, 1960s

Moscow, 1960s

Moscow, 1960s

Moscow, 1960s

Moscow, 1960s

Moscow, 1960s

Moscow, 1960s

Moscow, 1960s

Moscow, 1960s

Moscow, 1960s

Moscow, 1960s

Moscow, 1960s

More pictures at the RealUSSR.com

10 thoughts on “A Glance at the Soviet Lifestyle, Captured by Marc Riboud”

  1. Yes, you are absolutely right in saying that the Russian or Soviet education was far better than the American standard. There are three reasons for this. First, because American education never had a systematic standard like in the Soviet Union. Teachers could teach their students whatever and in whichever way as long as it is about the subject. Second, the American elementary education has been watered down from what it was since the 50s because it wanted to give immigrants who are new to the country a chance to succeed . If it was too difficult, these people with limited English skills would not have been able to compete against locals. And third, America cherishes free, unique, self expression because it is democratic whereas the Soviet Union’s explicit purpose was to create a “worker state”, that tries to advance society through science. In this sense, of course the math and sciences are far more ingrained in the curriculum.

    However, despite the failures in the American system, one thing it succeeded in was teaching…or promoting its students to think creatively and independently. Think back, when you were going through 5th and 6th grades here, how many “creative” projects did you do? How many times did the teacher ask “what do you think”? All of this will help to make you an EXCELLENT researcher later on. This is the aspect the soviet system lacked. The soviet system taught its students everything available but not how to innovate.

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