17729Parents complain Orthodoxy being imposed on children
- Apr 5, 2013http://www2.stetson.edu/~psteeves/relnews/1304a.html#07
Parents complain Orthodoxy being imposed on children
CHELIABINSK PARENTS OF SCHOOLCHILDREN SUE TO CANCEL "FOUNDATIONS OF
ORTHODOX CULTURE" COURSE
Portal-credo.ru, 3 April 2013
Parents of pupils of school No. 15 of Miass, Cheliabinsk province, are
seeking through the courts to cancel teaching there "Foundations of
Orthodox culture," since, they say, this course is being imposed on the
children, leaving no freedom of choice. RIA Novosti reports this on 3
April, citing a representative of the Miass city court.
In late March the director of the municipal government institution of
the Miass city education district, Irina Nevraeva, stated that the
principal of the local school No. 15 who is accused of "imposing
Orthodoxy" will be dismissed from her position. At the same time
Nevraeva emphasized that one should not connect the principal's
dismissal with the parents' complaints about "imposing Orthodox lessons"
in the school, and that the issue is "conflict resolution."
Previously information had been circulated in news media that parents of
pupils of this Miass school had filed a civil suit demanding that the
right of choice be inserted in the curriculum: to let their children
study Orthodox culture, the history of all religions, or secular ethics.
They described the unhealthy atmosphere in the school and what their
children had to face there. In particular, they described how pupils
were acting up and misbehaving and their teachers are saying that "they
have a black soul which should be brought to God," the Siberian News
According to recen tinformation from RIA Novosti, a Live Journal blog
writer, using the nickname "avmalgin," wrote on 2 April that religion is
being forced on pupils in one of the schools of the city of Miass. "The
whole school is decorated with icons and religious symbols, and in music
classes the children sing only religious psalms and they do not know the
simplest children's songs like 'The grasshopper sat in the grass,'" the
blogger wrote. He also maintains that teachers walk about the school
with bells to cast out demons, and the parents of all unbaptized
children are forced to baptize them.
"A lawsuit was filed in Miass city court by parents of pupils of the
school who pointed out that they do not consent to the introduction into
the curriculum of the second and third grades of the elective subject
'Foundations of Orthodox culture.' They based their demands on the fact
that pupils and parents do not have guarantees of the right of choice of
one of the six modules of the course 'Foundations of religious cultures
and secular ethics,'" the news agency's source said. She said that the
plaintiffs request the introduction of corrections in the curriculum for
2013 and substitution of the required subject "Foundations of Ortghodox
culture" with "Foundations of secular ethics" or "Foundations of world
religious cultures." A representative of the court noted that
consideration of the lawsuit is scheduled for the middle of April.
Meanwhile, the school administration has denied reports that religion is
imposed on the pupils. "This is all untrue. There has been no Orthodoxy
since last fall," a representative of the institution told RIA Novosti.
(tr. by PDS, posted 3 April 2013
Related article: "Local schools violate principles of religion course
<http://www.stetson.edu/%7Epsteeves/relnews/1303a.html#12>," March 12,
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