Sunday, August 20, 2017

Russian government reduces number of required school textbooks

The Russian Federal Ministry of Education and Science recently decided to reduce the number of recommended textbooks in school from more than 3,000 to 1,300.

Among the most high-profile books deleted from the national textbooks list is Ludmila Peterson's celebrated "School 2100" series, an anthology of educational books covering mathematics, reading, physical fitness and many other academic and recreational topics, Oblastnaya Gazeta reports.

"['School 2100'] is the only program that I know, having continuity from kindergarten to 11th graduated class," Olga Bolyachkina, a gym teacher at Yekaterinburg's school No. 47, said, according to Oblastnaya Gazeta. "The program is designed to meet the advanced educational technologies: problem-based learning, productive reading on all subjects and evaluation. My colleagues and I experienced deep regret that we can not work in reliable books that [were] successfully used for 15 years."

Officials from the Ministry of Education and Science said the series was removed from their list of recommended textbooks because its application for consideration was received too late, leading to a formal refusal.

In response to the ministry's removal of the "School 2100" series and other books from their list of recommended textbooks, parents of students throughout the Middle Urals have begun a petition calling for the ministry to return many popular textbooks to their list. Thus far, the petition has gathered 10,000 votes, Oblastnaya Gazeta reports.