Teachers should tell children about the benefits of import substitution

Russian schools have received new recommendations for conducting special lessons against the background of the so-called “special military operation” in Ukraine. This time, teachers should organize classes for middle and high school students on the benefits of import substitution against the background of sanctions. This was reported by “Kommersant” with reference to teachers from several regions of the country. Lessons must be taught as part of a social studies course.

According to the textbook, the lessons should show how Russia copes with the sanctions pressure, as well as give an idea of ​​”the main directions of anti-sanctions policy” of the Russian authorities.

Materials for the “sanctioned” lesson were handed over to the publication by a teacher near Moscow. The lesson should begin with Vladimir Putin’s quote about “unprecedented external pressure” on Russia. Only then should the educator say that sanctions are “restrictions designed to” punish “a country for its actions.” Here it is necessary to clarify what is meant by “Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine, caused by the need to protect the population of Donbass.” After that, to quote Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, who called the main anti-sanctions measures “protection of the domestic market and maintaining the employment of the working population.”

During the lesson, students should watch a video on import substitution, which says that by 2022 the share of Russian products has grown in food engineering, agricultural engineering and machine tool construction. At the end of the lesson, middle school students should list the measures in economics to protect against sanctions, and high school students – name the expected effect of them. Students are also asked to answer the question of who will suffer great losses from sanctions, and given three possible answers: Russia, NATO countries, all over the world.

Economists interviewed by Kommersant point out the mistakes of the authors of the manual and warn that Russian schoolchildren will soon see the effect of sanctions.

“There is no need to hurry, let the children learn these techniques, and then life will show how it is. In summer or autumn, children will come home and see for themselves that there is no money in the family, that there is no opportunity to buy any goods,” said the economist. Natalia Zubarevich, noting that she had not read textbooks.

  • Since February 24, Russian troops have been conducting a so-called “special operation” on the territory of Ukraine. During this time, the countries imposed large-scale sanctions against Russia, and about 300 foreign companies refused to continue working in the country indefinitely.


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