The RUSSIAN school curriculum includes lessons in love for the homeland with an assessment of the special operation in Ukraine
The Ministry of Education introduces a patriotic lesson called “Conversations about the important” into the school curriculum. The methodological materials suggest that third-graders should be led to the idea that “the happiness of the Motherland is dearer than life” and that “it is not terrible to die for the Motherland,” fifth-graders should be convinced that “the military assistance of the collective West increases the number of victims of special operations” by the Russian armed forces in Ukraine, and high school students should be given the example of the hero who lured nationalists to the minefields. Lawyers disagreed on whether such lessons contradict the law. But some teachers found in them “an attempt by the state to impose the ‘party line’ on children.
“As of the new school year, every Monday in all schools across the country begins with a class called ‘Talking About Important Things,'” according to a special Ministry of Education website dedicated to the new subject. “Talking About Important” appears on the Education Ministry website as a 30-minute “extracurricular class” (held as part of so-called class hours). The Ministry of Education claims that the main topics of the course “relate to key aspects of human life in contemporary Russia.
Thus, as early as September 12 teachers should hold a lesson on ‘Our Country – Russia’ with ‘patriotism’ and ‘love of Motherland’ as the main ‘formative values’. The lesson scenario involves listening to the song “Where does the Motherland begin?” (first heard in the 1968 film “Shield and Sword” performed by Mark Bernes) for the first and second grades. This is followed by a discussion of the love of Russian nature and wildlife. A class for third through fourth graders involves a discussion of exactly how children understand the word “Motherland” and a conversation about how love for the Motherland “is passed down from generation to generation.” For children of this age, after listening to the song “Where does the Motherland begin?” the teacher should lead them to the idea that “love for the Motherland is not only the ability to admire its beauty, but also the readiness to stand up for one’s homeland.