Sweden: Politicians Call for Foreign Language Ban in Schools
From the desk of Fjordman on Wed, 2007-01-03 12:29
Two local Liberal Party politicians in Malmö, Sweden’s third largest city, want to ban the use of languages other than Swedish in school classrooms. Allan Widman, one of the politicians, said “In Malmö we have a very unique situation: we are close to the point where a majority of pupils have a foreign background, which is to say that either they or their parents come from a country outside Sweden,” Some schools in Malmö have as few as 5 percent ethnic Swedes in their classrooms.
The proposal to ban foreign languages in schools first emerged in the run up to the election campaign. According to Widman, there was little debate at the time. But now that the proposal is on the table opinion is divided. “When I first came up with it, I thought it was a rather obvious rule to have. But over the last 24 hours I have been surprised by how controversial it seems,” he said.
In 2005, all-Arabic preschool classes were introduced in Malmö. According to the school authorities it is easier for children to learn Swedish once they have learned the language of their parents.
Within a decade or two Malmö is likely to become the first Scandinavian city with a Muslim majority. The city is also the crime capital of Sweden. It has nine times as many reported robberies per capita as Copenhagen, Denmark. The victims are almost always indigenous Swedes. The wave of robberies the city of Malmö has witnessed during this past year is part of a “war against Swedes.” This is the explanation given by young robbers with immigrant background on why they are only robbing native Swedes. “When we are in the city and robbing, we are waging a war against the Swedes.”
PS Though I occasionally write about Sweden, I am Norwegian, not Swedish as The Washington Times writes.
Submitted by JFP on Thu, 2007-01-04 20:50.
... was being sarcastic. I think.
Anyway, my grandmother, who lived in America all her life, was a native Swedish speaker. As a young girl she was forced to learn English in school. She managed to do this, just as all other immigrant children at that time managed to do it. It is ridiculous for school authorities in Malmo to wait until later to teach Swedish and to claim that it would be easier to do it after they've learned the language of their parents. The recent American experience with bilingual education doesn't suggest that they will ever learn Swedish, if they choose that route. Anyway, these children already know their parents' language.
children learning languages
Submitted by logicalman on Thu, 2007-01-04 22:36.
by osmosis. They don't have to make any efforts at all, even when they don't know how to read or write yet. Smart parents send their kids to schools or child care centers of different languages so they can pick up languages. My kids speak 3 languages, yet their verbal SAT score is close to 800. There may very well be high correlation between polyglot and verbal IQ.
There is nothing wrong with
Submitted by oiznop on Fri, 2007-01-05 13:28.
There is nothing wrong with learning other languages...I once worked with a guy who was fluent in Spanish, French, Italian, and German, but was true blood American....That is not the problem...(I myself am interested in learning German)....The problem is when immigrants go to a country and don't learn that countries language.....Learn it, become a citizen and integrate, or go back home....Simple solution, isn't it?.....
Come on, you guys!
Submitted by Mystery Meat on Thu, 2007-01-04 20:47.
I fully expected readers of this blog to realize my absurd remarks were a satire on the leftwing apologists for Muslim thuggery. Next time I'll make a smiley-face. ;>)
Muslims are forced to rape?
Submitted by logicalman on Thu, 2007-01-04 16:59.
Mystery Meat is typical of warped "thinking" of muslim, which is beyond normal human behavior. Now when a man is hungry, he may lead himself to steal for food, but a muslim in a "degenerative" environment is forced to rape, kill, or rob? Only a brainwashed person would commit extremely grave crimes out of being offensed by what he sees. He's not hungry or threatened by any thing that can affect his physical well-being, yet he would not hesitate to do great harm to others, especially to his benevolent hosts, who never forced him to come live on their land and eat their bread - free.
Mohammed was a robber, killer, rapist. So are his blind followers.
Swedes lack cultural sensitivity
Submitted by Mystery Meat on Wed, 2007-01-03 23:33.
Muslims would much rather spend their time in pious prayer and studying the koran. Because the Swedes have created a degenerate society, Muslims are forced to rape, murder or rob them. The Swedes must apologise at once.
Submitted by oiznop on Thu, 2007-01-04 02:34.
You certainly are a mystery with an absurd comment like that!....I suppose you blame the USA for all of the world's problems, too, huh?....I would not be surprised......The Swedes must apologize???....hahahahahHAHAHAAHA!!!!...Who's country is it anyway????.......
Learn the language of the land.....
Submitted by oiznop on Wed, 2007-01-03 18:48.
...not to mention the law of the land, too, or get the hell out.....Are the Swedes finally waking up???....Neeeeyah..(crunch crunch crunch), Could Be!........
Submitted by Bob Doney on Wed, 2007-01-03 15:00.
I'm at present rereading Alistair Cooke's book "America", and this morning read the following passage (talking about the great waves of immigration at the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth):
"Officially, you changed from a foreigner into an American citizen after filing naturalization papers, painfully boning up on a few elementary facts of American government, taking an indulgent verbal examination in these mysteries, and finally appearing before a judge to take the oath. But becoming an American was more complicated and for most more painful. It entailed at first the enormous obstacle of the language, and there are countless thousands of aged immigrants today who have managed with American life with barest pidgin English.
"On young families raising first-generation Americans, the pressure to learn the language was intense as the children grew and went through the public school, which, in immigrant neighbourhoods, had the dual purpose of teaching the rudiments of mathematics and geography and also of Americanizing the small stranger within the gates. Then the children went home and saw their parents reading an Italian or Russian or Yiddish paper and they began to notice thick accents. They felt uncomfortable and then they felt ashamed. This slow but sure discovery that the parents were odd, and to the extent of their oddity figures of fun, is a great and tragic theme in American life and literature. And the parents' shameful awareness of it sent them off in droves to night school, to make the final capitulation to the new land by learning the language of their sons and daughters."
Plus ça change ...
When coming to a host
Submitted by dethule on Wed, 2007-01-03 13:29.
When coming to a host country, the first thing people shall do is to learn the spoken language and conform to the local society, and that is the very problem. Muslims in generally do not conform to anything but their faith.
Thence the conduct of this new law would be eventually a step in the right direction, for it compells foreigners to speak Swedish at school.
How about language test before evening allowing children to attend school and if children failed they should be forced to take part in lessons. If an immigrant does not attend these courses, bye bye !
Europe really needs to be a lot more rigid with regard to its immigration policy, shall Europeans want to stay masters in their own house.
Even if the statistics are
Submitted by alaman (not verified) on Tue, 2011-03-29 09:34.
Even if the statistics are right there is still no ground for banning foreign languages in school, what good would that ever bring to the children? I spent entire months training with the help of an online ielts tutor just because I didn’t get the chance to learn English in school… I needed English for a chance to an international educational program.