Spring / printemps 2013

Alpha Children Wear Grey: Postwar Ontario and Soviet Education Reform

Published April 1, 2013
How to Cite
Cole, Josh. 2013. “Alpha Children Wear Grey: Postwar Ontario and Soviet Education Reform”. Historical Studies in Education / Revue d’histoire De l’éducation 25 (1). https://historicalstudiesineducation.ca/index.php/edu_hse-rhe/article/view/4300.


The author examines a prominent Ontario education commission’s tour through the Soviet Union in 1966. This tour is situated within the larger contexts of the Cold War, and postwar North American education reform. Using the commission’s unpublished tour report on the U.S.S.R., and the theoretical tools of utopia and dystopia, contradictions within the commission’s response to Soviet education are explored and then linked to deeper tensions in their views on education and its ideological role in postwar Ontario society.

Keywords: education, Ontario, Cold War, utopianism, liberalism