Russia: Teaching Religion in School Distances Russians from Orthodoxy

January 27, 2010

Moscow — The compulsory teaching of religion in Russian schools is not bringing the results expected from the Patriarchate of Moscow. Many, instead of choosing a course of “Fundamentals of Orthodox culture” have chosen the more generic “religious cultures” and “secular ethics”. Orthodox courses are also assigned to novice teachers and textbooks written too fast to be valid, thus, Russian observers note, instead of bringing children and their families to religion, the effect is to distance them.

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