June 11, 1988: the Soviet Union cancels history tests

LA Times:

All the final history exams for Soviet schoolchildren have been canceled this year because the government has concluded that much of what they were taught was wrong. More than 53 million students aged 6 to 16 are affected.
The re-examination of Soviet history has gone so far, especially in the last eight months, that even historians, social scientists and Communist Party theoreticians are uncertain what was correct, what was fantasy and what was a cover-up of crimes in the material taught Soviet students.

I was going to say “imagine how aggravating that would be,” but then I remembered when I started to learn about what Columbus really did and I was like “oh, wow, that was very censored.” So that’s… a bit of an idea of what it’d be like, I suppose.


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