by Mike Donnelly, HSLDA
I visited St. Petersburg in February to attend the city’s 4th annual homeschool conference. The warm welcome I received more than compensated for the snow and chill (described by one of my friends as just another “romantic Russian winter”).
As a former Cold War–era army officer, I could not help but be struck by the changes I saw in what was once the main geo-political and military adversary of the United States. I noticed a sharp growth in faith-based institutions, economic development, and many freedoms that were unimaginable during Soviet times.
In the midst of all that, I encountered a maturing homeschool movement led by advocates who expressed genuine optimism for the future. Though candid about the challenges they face, these leaders also conveyed confidence in their plans to achieve substantial growth.
“I do believe that home education has a big future in Russia,” Pavel Parfentiev, Chairman of the Board of Za Prava Sem’i (For Family Rights), told me. Pavel wrote the first book about homeschooling in Russia.
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