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In modern Russian textbooks on geography found factual errors. This was stated by the President of the Russian geographical society (RGS), defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, reports TASS.
According to him, the current textbooks on this subject “absolutely outdated and uninteresting.” In addition, they are “just full of factual errors”, said Shoigu. He cited data from the textbook for the 7th class, according to which the population of Northern Europe is 27 million people and 4 percent of the population.
“Judging by the numbers, I can only assume that the data has removed us from the geography textbook of the time of Catherine II, which was still unforgettable Mitrofanushka Simpletons” — said Shoigu. He added that the experts PRO counted thousands of such errors.
Shoigu stressed that the level of teaching of geography in Russia is not high enough for the solution of public problems, and to change this, you should increase the number of hours of geography in Russian schools. In addition, Shoigu noted the need of introducing a compulsory exam for this subject.
According to him, in 2017 the exam in geography was taking just 20 thousand students, while the exam for social studies in 2018, wrote 400 thousand people. “This situation is contrary to the Strategy of scientific and technological development of Russia, involving the answers to a number of purely geographical challenges: demography, territorial development, development of the Arctic,” — said Shoigu.
As explained in the Agency, informed the President of Russia Vladimir Putin instructed the education and science Ministry together with the Russian geographical society and the Russian Union of rectors to study the possibility of inclusion of geography among the compulsory exams for some professions. He also proposed to establish the professional holiday — the day of the geographer.
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