Abstract This chapter focuses on the attempt by Croatian leaders to use educational policies to incorporate ethnic minorities into the societal mainstream and create an ideal contemporary Croatian citizen. Unfortunately, progress toward these goals is difficult in light of the serious emotional consequences of Yugoslavian Civil War. The case of Marina, a Croatian adolescent, is used to highlight the differences between the stated curriculum and what actually transpires during conversations in schools and classrooms. The chapter reminds us that the politics of education cannot be understated. Refugees and displaced students are particularly vulnerable to the political whims of many groups.