On page 232 of Stein, he notes that (in 1801) `Characteristic of the spirit in which the young Czar (Alexander) began his reign, was his order to General Bjetgischew to set up schools in each of the 17 various governments for the sons of the nobility in order to give them comprehensive education. The nobility were expected to contribute to the erection of these schools. . . . Each school was to send 16 youths each year to the St Petersburg Cadet Corps and 8 to university.`
It seems incredible to me that such a ruler would deliberately - or by omission - suppress the education of his artillery officers and NCOs. What is your source for this allegation? Stein does not mention it at all.