“Good excuse to sleep”.What Russians Think About the Kremlin’s New Post-War Lessons Learned Series

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When Russian students returned to school this week, many of them found that Mondays look a little different than they used to. The education ministry has since asked teachers to conduct lessons from a new government-devised curriculum, his package “Conversations about Important Things.” This class aims to teach students about topics “related to important aspects of contemporary Russian life” including the war in Ukraine.

In late August, Meduza Overview About what new patriotism lessons entail. Now, to get a sense of how ordinary Russians feel about this change, Meduza has compiled a list of reactions posted online by her students, parents and teachers.

student voice

They taught me about “conversations about things that matter”. Should I dig my grave now or let me do it later?


Every Monday at our school, we raise the flag and have a “conversation about what’s important” in the first period. A great excuse to sleep.


I learned about “conversations about things that matter” and Monday meetings. Sounds almost correct. I was in his 10th grade and besides hearing someone tell his 100th story about how great this country is and how all other countries are not supposed to be written, I there is nothing you can do.


My sister says, “There is a new class.”

Ask, “A conversation about what’s important.”

Her: “Yeah”

Me: “And what did they teach you?”

She: “I don’t know. No one was listening.”


First thing in the morning, have a “conversation about what’s important”. Then there is all the unimportant crap: mathematics, physics, Russian.


‘Conversations about what’s important’, national anthems, and flag waving […] We’re not turning our students into patriots, we’re turning them into stand-up comedians.


My version of “conversations about things that matter” include first aid training, self-defense lessons for women, sex education classes, and sessions with child psychologists. That would be much more useful than what we are currently doing.


In the future, I think “Conversations About Things That Matter” should be replaced with a sex education class. They can call it a “conversation about things that splatter.”

What’s in the Curriculum?

parent’s statement

I asked my daughter “Have you started the ‘conversation about the important things’ yet?” she said. Yes, I ate it today. ”


“Looks like there’s a new class, Lev. Like ‘Conversation about important things’.”

“Yeah, I’ve read it, Mom. I’m not going.”

“It’s okay. If they make you sad, tell them to talk to me.”


Our new class, “Conversations About Things That Matter,” is a load of BS. But Mama said you can fly! Banzai!


When I told my mother that I was going to have a “conversation about something important”, I was very frustrated about it.

teacher’s words

Of course, I would never discuss such provocative topics with my students. But if I were teaching this class, or more likely, I would never follow a fascist curriculum guide. My options are to either refuse to teach classes, treat the topic honestly with a decent message, talk about something else, or quit the public school system altogether and get a job in a private school. But again, if everyone leaves, what kind of cannibalistic monsters will be left to teach the children? And what kind of future does that leave us with?


They’re adding a new class called “Conversations About Important Things”. This starts in his sophomore year.


Our new teacher said I decided it didn’t make sense to teach those lessons here. If there is something important, I will tell you during break time.


we agreed with the teacher. Only half the class is required to participate in the “conversation about what’s important”, just alternate each week. Even our teachers like how they try to trick school administrators. “Good excuse to sleep”.What Russians Think About the Kremlin’s New Post-War Lessons Learned Series

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