Oct 10 2011
Most parents of ethnically Turkish Muslim children in Germany say they are dissatisfied with the way their kids are being educated, according to a survey seen by Der Spiegel magazine.
(Turkish PM Erdogan is trying to force Germany to open more Turkish schools for Muslim students only)
The Local The survey of 1,256 parents of children between 3 and 18 years old by the Allenbach Institute and commissioned by the Vodafone Foundation found 59 percent believed their kids were not given the same opportunities as ethnically German children. A full 63 percent said they believed teachers had pre-existing prejudices against children from minority backgrounds, the magazine reported.
A slight majority (51 percent) also felt that their children were unfairly graded by teachers, even if they were achieving as highly as their ethnically German peers. A majority also felt language barriers were a major reason for what they felt was their children’s unfair treatment.
Previous research has shown that children from immigrant backgrounds fare poorly in Germany’s school system compared to their ethnically German peers, although there has been disagreement over the reasons. Suggested reasons range from low expectations among teachers to poor German language ability among some minority young people.
A 2009 article in the American University Law Review reported that between two thirds and three quarters of children of Turkish origin were assigned to the lowest of Germany’s secondary schools – the Hauptschule – compared to just one third of ethnically German children.
Gee, that’s funny, native Germans don’t seem to be too happy with the quality of the Turkish Muslim immigrant students who are bullying and beating German students and teachers on a regular basis.
Islam in Europe Often they’re ridiculed, often they’re even beaten. In class barely anybody speaks to them, they keep back, rarely voice their opinion – in short, they’re not integrated in school. But these are not Muslim immigrant children in a German school, but German children in a secondary school (5th-9th grades) in Essen where 70% of the children are Muslims.
“They’re not threatened with a knife every day, but the children of Muslim immigrants clearly have their way here,” says the school principal. The female teachers have to deal with students saying “don’t speak to her, she’s just a German slut.”
“When it’s Ramadan, there’s a state of emergency. The last time it went so far, that they spit in our food,” says the home-economics teacher. “People always say that foreigners are discriminated, but here it’s precisely the other way around.” A Lebanese Arabic teacher says that the German way of living is very clearly being rejected by his students, the attitude is almost chic.
The German children respond with aggression or by over-adapting their behavior. In the playground you find them in the corners. Sebastian, an ethnic German 16 year old, feels bullied by the Muslim students, and is often involved in fights. Juli is a friend of the devout Saleh from Palestine. She calls herself a Muslim, which means: no parties, no music, no fun.
Islam in Europe Two teachers from a Kreuzberg (Berlin) school recently wrote in the GEW Teachers’ Union paper of the anti-German harassment some German students experience in schools. They wrote that German students are threatened and bullied, and that the non-German students often receive help from relatives or friends in conflicts.
• Dennis (14) from Reinickendorf was pushed around and beaten. They (Muslims) could do whatever they wanted with him, and he had to pay protection money to the older foreign students. In the end, he couldn’t take it anymore and thought of suicide. Finally, his parents helped him.
• Lena (15) from Schöneberg – a confident teen, she died her head red and wore black clothes. When she came to the school, she was made to feel like a foreigner among the other girls, who wore Muslim headscarves. The girls whispered about her, they laughed at her and caller her the ‘fire alarm’. Lena began to smoke, and later started up with alcohol and harder drugs.
• Kevin (16) from Neukölln – There were hardly any Germans in his school. The Arab guys provoked him, first with insults, then tripped him and pushed him. At some point, he fought back, and found himself facing twelve boys, relatives of the attackers, who beat him up. From that point on he started dressing like his tormentors and imitating their language. He wasn’t beaten up anymore, but had to run errands for the others.
• Domitian E. was harassed because I speak German,” says Domitian. ”Altogether we were 29 students in the class, and besides me there was only one other German student,” he says. “The rest were mainly Arabs and Turks.”