» 02/14/2012, 00.00
Religion becomes a compulsory subject in all Russian schools
Putin signs a decree to introduce the fundamentals of religion at a national level. From September, pupils can choose between Orthodoxy, Buddhism, Judaism and Islam, or opt for "moral ethics".
Religion is back in Russian schools, but under the aegis of the Kremlin
A new subject will be introduced this year into 12 thousand schools across the Federation: "spiritual and moral formation". By 2012 all Russian schools will have to offer the course that provides the opportunity to study Orthodox Christianity, Islam, Judaism or Buddhism. For religious minorities it is another sign of the alliance between the Kremlin and the Moscow Patriarchate.
Teaching religion in school distances Russians from Orthodoxy
A poll published by the Ministry of Education shows that more than 58% of parents chose secular ethics for their children, while only 19.1% opt for the foundations of Orthodox culture. Unprepared teachers and unsuitable texts root cause of problem.
As of 2012, religion will be studied in all Russian schools
After “successful" trial year, Ministry of Education and the Moscow Patriarchate announce the introduction of "Fundamentals of religious culture and ethics" across national territory.
More than 70 per cent of Russians in favour of teaching Orthodox culture in schools
Most Russians like the new courses in ‘spiritual and moral training’ proposed by the Kremlin for the country’s primary and middle schools. For Protestants they are discriminatory because they exclude non-Orthodox Christian denominations. For Muslims the danger is the imposition of divisions among children on the basis of religion.
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