The Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine explained the rejection of Russian literature in schools
Schools and universities should get rid of everything that is somehow connected with the Russian Empire, including works that show the “mystical power of Russian weapons” and “the suffering of the Russian soul,” said the head of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine
< p> Works of the Russian literature heavy for Ukrainians therefore they should be excluded from the curriculum of schools and high schools. This was stated by the Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine Andriy Vitrenko on the air of “Ukraine 24”.
“Personally, I think that everything that somehow connects us with the Russian Empire should be thrown out. All works in which there is a mystical power of Russian weapons, some kind of mythical, all this must be thrown out, — he noted.
Vetrenko added that such “heavy works”, which describe the suffering of the Russian soul, Ukrainians “do not need at all.”
According to him, the ministry will study the proposal of a special commission on the exclusion of Russian literature and will decide on the introduction of a new program of foreign literature from September 1.
In mid-June, a working group of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine published a decision to exclude works of Russian literature from the school curriculum.
So, in the sixth grade, the fables of Ivan Krylov and the stories of Anton Chekhov will be removed from the program “Chameleon” and Thick and Thin. Seventh-graders will no longer study Vasily Bykov's story “The Alpine Ballad” and poems by Alexander Pushkin.
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All these works will be replaced by works by Western writers.
The document recommended studying the work of Mykola Gogol in the lessons of Ukrainian literature. However, works from the St. Petersburg period of the life and work of the writer will be removed from the program— “Inspector” and “Overcoat”, as well as “Dead Souls”. The commission explained this by “difficulties in the perception of these works by students,” and also by the fact that the “historical context” they are “complicated and distant.”
Before that, Vitrenko announced that the authorities would exclude Leo Tolstoy's novel “War and Peace” from the Ukrainian school curriculum; and other works that describe the actions of the Russian, Soviet or Russian army.
Vice Speaker of the State Duma of Russia Pyotr Tolstoy noted that Ukraine is “zeroing” its future and takes itself out of the brackets of world history, refusing the heritage of Russian culture.
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