Recently, in an interview with NEWS.ru, the host of the TV show “Clever and Smart” MGIMO professor Yuri Vyazemsky unexpectedly stood up for the illiterate blogger Anastasia Ivleeva (the number of subscribers only to her main blog on Instagram is more than 18 million people), who on the show with Ksenia Sobchak plunged all in shock, unable to answer elementary questions from the school curriculum and declaring that the novel “Fathers and Sons” was written by Leo Tolstoy.
Oddly enough, the brilliant intellectual Vyazemsky did not see anything wrong with such intellectual primitiveness, because, in his opinion, bloggers do not need to know who wrote Fathers and Sons.
In addition, the professor said that “with a wild number of Russians wanting to get a higher education,” it is time to end:
To be honest, I do not understand at all why such a wild number of people want to get higher education. I believe that with this we need to finish and stop getting higher education … There is nothing wrong with not knowing in what century Peter I lived, and go, for example, as a welder.
The intellect of a nation is a national treasure
What we can agree with Vyazemsky is that with the commercialization of education and the emergence of a huge number of dubious value of “commercial” universities, the number of holders of higher education degrees has grown to unimaginable limits, and the diploma itself has been largely devalued. But to agree that a person who has chosen the specialty of a welder does not have to know who wrote “Fathers and Sons”, and to teach him this at school is a waste of time, in no way is it possible.
For there is such an important thing as the general intellectual level of the nation. Which is determined not only by the number of Nobel laureates, winners of international Olympiads, world-renowned scientists and even the number of graduates of Vyazemsky MGIMO, who graduated from it. But also the basic level of knowledge that at least a large part of this nation possesses at the level of a minimal cultural basis.
Education rotted, moldy and smelled before our eyes / Tsargrad TV channel / vk.com
Comrade Stalin, who for all his minuses was definitely not a fool, was actively raising (relying on the program to eliminate illiteracy already implemented by that time) the general intellectual level of society. For this, a multi-stage education system was created that allowed everyone (and not just children of people’s commissars, secretaries of district committees and factory directors) to advance in their intellectual growth as high as they like, depending on their abilities. That is why, when the war began, the country, which was 75% illiterate 20 years ago, found a huge number of people who could be relatively quickly retrained for the “technical” military specialties requiring a certain intellectual level, and then quickly prepared “officer” and “sergeant” staff for the restored industry.
As a result, the formation of the times of the USSR, which was firmly held in one of the first positions in the world, was built very reasonably. At school (secondary education compulsory for all), children received the basic foundations of all basic sciences, which gave them the opportunity to consciously choose their future direction of activity. And besides, they got a basic intellectual groundwork, learning to express (including in writing) their thoughts and without fail getting acquainted with the set of books necessary for reading by any educated person. That is why not knowing who wrote “Fathers and Sons”, who discovered the law of gravity, with whom the USSR fought in the Great Patriotic War, etc., a Soviet child who graduated from school simply could not. Otherwise, he received a certificate at the exit, with which it was very difficult to get a more or less promising job.
The “market” that kills intelligence
Today this system is almost completely “killed” … by the market. Since in the “market” conditions, education from the system of educating a literate and comprehensively developed personality was reduced to the provision of services (more and more paid), consisting in teaching a person a certain set of knowledge that increase his value as a “commodity in the labor market.”
At the same time, the very fact of the emergence of “paid” education (as well as “paid” medicine) was originally intended to divide society into “varieties” depending on the level of income. On a kind of non-mixing “castes”. The highest of which receives a normal classical education; lower – also higher, but only by the diploma; the next one is secondary special, which allows you to do work that requires elementary literacy. Well, and for everyone else, in order to work as a welder (here Vyazemsky is right!), It is not necessary at all to know who wrote “Fathers and Sons”: for them, as for the poorest, even the most primitive “remote control” will do quite well.
The emerging situation painfully reminds Russia of the heyday of serfdom, when education and intellectual activity as such were available exclusively to the nobility, and the peasants, being in the status of “movable property”, for the most part could not even read.
Even today, in the course of the creation of the “global society of the future” by the transnational elites, it is planned to transform the bulk of people from “reasonable people” into “functional people”, all knowledge and all intellectual baggage of which is limited to what is needed to fulfill their functional duties. Why, for example, would a construction worker know that the Earth has a spherical shape, Glinka is not a soil, but a composer, and Napoleon and Hitler are two different people ?!
Let us ask ourselves: how will tomorrow determine the place in the world that Russia will occupy? By the level of the economy? By the size of gold and foreign exchange reserves? By the might of the armed forces? Ideological leadership? But all this is done by people – literate, modern, but at the same time brought up on our values, our culture, our understanding of “good and evil”. There will be no such people in Russia, or there will be an insignificant number of them – and then we will have nothing at all, one continuous dead end and degradation. This means that the policy of the state and all the efforts of the education system should be aimed at raising such people.
The battlefield is all of Russia: uncontrolled Internet and degradation of education / Tsargrad TV channel / vk.com
It is strange that such an educated person like Yuri Vyazemsky does not see anything terrible (at least as follows from his interview) in the deintellectualization of society, which he explains by the orientation of young people towards newfangled trends introduced from the West: “People, and especially young people, want to be successful And this success for 80% is still mainly indicated by money. ” That is, what does not contribute to making money (for example, reading books, getting to know the culture and history of the country) is ignored by young people in principle. This is true! Moreover, to what has been said, you can add about the “Internet syndrome”: many young people are convinced that study, books and knowledge in general are not needed – after all, by typing “Wikipedia”, you can download them ready-made from the Internet … Today, it is for this kind of education (Internet education and “distance education”) are urged by those who consider their views “progressive” and “in the spirit of the times.”
It is from this incubator of lack of culture that illiterate bloggers are born, becoming for young people immersed in the Internet “blind guides of the blind” (Matt.15: 14). And a significant share of the blame for this lies with the educational system that has actually betrayed Russian civilization. For without immersion in our native culture and spirituality (at least at the level of the basics), we will get generations of cultureless mankurts. And as Maria Shukshina said recently,
no state, no civilization, no empire can stand without a spiritual and moral foundation, and there are a lot of historical examples of this.
Photo: Alexander Avilov / AGN “Moscow”