Russian government plans uniform history course for schools

Russia's Education and Science Ministry has launched a project to write a uniform course of history for secondary schools.

The job will be entrusted to "a working group, we'll make it up from leading Russian historians, from the authors of what are the most widely used school textbooks on history, and from members of the general public - representatives of both the Russian Historical Society and the Russian Society for Military History," Education and Science Minister Dmitry Livanov said in the "News on Saturday with Sergei Brilyov" television program shown in Russia's Far East.

The majority of teachers and pupils would trust a textbook agreed by Russia's best 20 historians, he argued.

There would, "definitely, be a line of textbooks for school pupils of different ages and different grades that are based on the same logic," he said. "This line will exist at various levels - both at general level and at in-depth level."

"It is very important for us that the voice of scholars - not politicians but scholars - should be heard, and should be louder, in this work, because history is a science and has its own laws as a science," Livanov said.

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