ROSTOV-ON-DON, March 29 (RIA Novosti) – President Vladimir Putin said Friday that Russia needs a unified, standard approach to teaching history.
“I fully agree that there should be a canonical version of our history,” Putin said Friday while meeting with his campaigners from the All-Russia People’s Front.
He acknowledged that there are different opinions concerning history textbooks in high schools, with some saying there should be a single standard in the viewpoint adopted when teaching Russian history, while others insist on the opposite.
“It might seem strange, but I agree with both of them. And these points of view can be reconciled,” Putin said, adding that in his opinion, there should be one overall perspective adhered to in the textbook, but that teachers should then explore different views on the same events and teach pupils to think for themselves.
Russian schools currently use a variety of history textbooks, which may contain various interpretations of the same events, especially those related to the Soviet era and the history of republics populated by non-Russian ethnic groups that were not always part of the country.