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The Best of Our Knowledge # 943

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Albany, NY – FULBRIGHT STUDENTS AND SCHOLARS SERIES
JENNIFER WISTRAND
TEACHING CITIZENSHIP IN A POST-SOVIET WORLD: AZERBAIJAN'S CHANGING SCHOOLS -

Most of our listeners are probably aware of the war in Georgia a few weeks ago. Russian tanks rolled over the Georgian military.

In her first major address on Russia since its incursion into Georgia, U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, said the West must stand up to the bullying by Moscow.

In her harshly-worded speech, Rice said The picture emerging from this pattern of behavior is that of a Russia increasingly authoritarian at home and aggressive abroad.

We bring this up to set the stage for our feature story today, which takes place in bordering Azerbaijan, like Georgia, another area of the former Soviet Union.

One of our first guests was a Fulbright U.S. Student Fellow to Azerbaijan. Her project was Teaching Citizenship in a Post-Soviet World: Azerbaijan's Changing Schools.

Featured in this story are: Jennifer Wistrand, Ph.D. in Anthropology (anticipated 2009) Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri; and Tom Farrell, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Academic Programs.

Glenn Busby reports. (15:40)

Next week, in our final Fulbright student segment, we speak with Lara Pomerantz who led an effort in the Dominican Republic to improve the teaching of Sex Education.

**(Attention Listeners and Program Directors. The website mentioned at the conclusion of the above story, should students seek more information on how to apply to be a Fulbright is: www.fulbright.state.gov.)**

CONTROVERSY OVER THE TEACHING OF COMMUNIST HISTORY -

While all of that's going on in Azerbaijan and Georgia, the Swedish Government has sparked a heated debate over how schools should deal with the era of communist history in Europe and Russia.

Sweden's Education Minister wants to make classes on communism and the Soviet regime's crimes mandatory.

But, the head of the Living History Forum project has reacted to the government's mandate to broaden student teaching to include communist crimes. He believes setting a rigid history syllabus for schools is itself authoritarian, or Stalin-like in its approach.

Radio Sweden's, Alexander Hirschfelder reports. (3:48)