Staunton, September 29 – Standards of learning documents generated by governments around the world are among the most boring writing imaginable, but they often contain arrangements that signal official intentions for the rising generation and that will have a profound impact on the future. Thus, it is with Russia’s regarding non-Russian languages.
And while these provisions, which exclude all non-Russian languages from achievement tests, are not as easily understood and dramatic as Vladimir Putin’s decision to end the required study of the languages of the titular nationalities in the non-Russian republics, they are likely to have a broader and even more negative impact.
That is because, as Tatar scholar Nail Gyylman points out, if students aren’t going to be evaluated in terms of their progress in the study of these languages, both students and their parents will view these subjects as less important to their futures and will drop them in favor of other subjects on which they will be rated (mariuver.com/2019/09/29/uchash-lish-motivac/).
Officials at the Russian education ministry rammed through with only the briefest periods allowed for discussion new standards of education, announcing on September 18 that these discussions are at an end and the regulations are to go into effect (regulation.gov.ru/projects#departments=119&npa=94555