Staunton, November 24 – Rustam Kurchakov, a commentator for Kazan’s Business-Online portal, says that Tatar parents should take the education of their children into their own hands at least in part so that they can promote their national language as well as English and ensure that their children know the history of their people.
He urges parents to work together “on cooperative principles” and become teachers “for small children’s groups,” an approach that is “completely possible and in demand in Kazan. And he insists that such arrangements won’t be “in place of the existing state-municipal system” but rather “a wise alternative” (business-gazeta.ru/article/447238
What makes Kurchakov’s proposal intriguing is that he has a clear linguistic and cultural and one could even say national agenda, an indication that homeschooling in Russia may now be something members of non-Russian nations or non-Orthodox religious groups will consider in order to defend their languages and cultures.
If that trend continues, Moscow will lose one of the most powerful socializing forces it has, a loss it may feel particularly keenly today given that officials now say, the number of viewers of television has been falling at the rate of one million a year, thus depriving the Kremlin of a much-favored ideological tool (ria.ru/20191122/1561495283.html).