Although it's a voluntary people's squad. If as a matter of principle, you don't participate, of course, nothing bad will happen to you. You'll just know that the boarding school's principal won't win any accolades if you don't. And if you're a good person, you won't want to put him or her in an awkward position. It may seem like a waste of time, but we need to help out the police, catch idle drunken types. There are a lot of things like that. In Aktanysh, the system cannot work in any other way, I think.
This year, several of our employees took part in a parade of Ded Moroz [Slavic Santa Claus] and Snowmen. Everyone dressed differently, there was a Ded Moroz in a Tatar skullcap there, stuff like that. We walked along the central street of Aktanysh, right. Who even watched it, though? It was during the day—children were in class and adults were at work. In the end, the city workers came out to see us. Well, it was a good idea, anyway.
I'd like to do such heartfelt events in Aktanysh. Activities that aren't tied to any position, because once they become mandatory, the idea, the meaning, will be lost. For example, we're now visiting villages with our Saturday School. We go to village schools, hold lectures, play games, have lessons, and conduct master classes. It's such a warm, sincere, wonderful event. And, thank God, there's nothing official about it.
I was influenced by one of my friends, who said "Children should be looked at with love and be brought up with sincerity." If something is insincere, they can tell right away. They can feel when something is done under duress.
I lead a class in the boarding school that incorporates philosophy, mythology, and political science. We don't have a thematic plan, it's just a free-form class. We talk about current topics. During the political crisis in Britain ... They know that I'm obsessed with Britain. They asked how they it happened; they're interested in it, and so am I.
We recently put on a play by Shakespeare. The first question everyone asked was "Why do that?" "Why put on that play?" "Who needs it?" "Is it for a competition, a festival, or what?" When they found out that we were doing it just to do it, they became very interested.