Nov 3 2012
Public schools have always been considered Danish society’s most essential institution, where nearly all Danish children were introduced to the country’s basic values and the skills necessary for leading happy and productive lives, regardless of social class or political, religious and cultural background. But no more.
Dispatch International Now the public school system is falling apart. There are huge problems with discipline; children – and in particular children from Muslim immigrant families – are not learning enough (it is estimated that 40 percent of children of Arabic descent leave school as functionally illiterate).
As a result more and more parents are taking their children out of the public schools and sending them to private schools, where discipline is better – particularly because there are fewer so-called “double-linguistic” pupils. “Double-linguistic” is the official term for children of third-world descent, i.e. primarily from Muslim countries. The term does not imply that they can speak two languages but most often that they speak, e.g., Arabic and Danish equally badly, so perhaps “double half-linguistic” would be a better description.
It came as a shock in the middle of October to learn that half of the families living in the inner Copenhagen neighborhood of Nørrebro are sending their children to private schools. This is especially noteworthy in light of the fact that Nørrebro is one of the reddest areas in the country, where voters routinely cast massive votes for left and far-left parties, i.e. the very parties that are particularly keen on more immigration and on upholding the public school system.
A few days later, Danes received a lesson in the kind of problems that motivate the reds to send their children to schools that they are ideologically disposed to reject.
The bomb went off at the Ejerslykke School in the city of Odense. The school’s principal, Birgitte Sonsby, had become so annoyed with the way some of the pupils behaved that she exclaimed: “I’m so damned tired of you Muslims who ruin the lessons.” The father of one of pupils reported the principal to the police for racism and, as is customary in such cases, Ms. Sonsby had to withdraw her remarks and offer an apology. She was subsequently chewed out by Odense’s Director of Public Schools.
This would normally have re-established an idyllic political correctness, but something quite surprising happened: The Chairman of the Ejerslykke School Board, Peter Julius Jørgensen, wrote an op-ed for the newspaperFyens Stiftstidende, in which he called attention to the kind of problems with “double-linguistic” pupils that the school had to contend with. They didn’t shy away from calling their teachers “fucking whores” and showed so little respect that it made teaching impossible.
To his surprise, Peter Julius Jørgensen received many positive reactions from fellow citizens, who were happy that he had dared to speak up. The reaction in some of the media was also unexpected. Instead of the usual diatribes about terrible Danish racism and admonitions that the schools’ problems had nothing to do with religion or culture, a number of newspapers began writing articles with a new angle. Yes, perhaps the problems were indeed linked to religion – more precisely, to Islam.
On October 27, the mass-circulation daily Jyllands-Posten printed a remarkable editorial: Ms Sonsby’s tirade against the ill-behaved Muslims was “rather mild compared to what the principal, her teachers and the school’s other pupils have been exposed to. A group of Muslim pupils have exposed them to far worse language and gestures of a latrinal and sexual nature. They have been accused of racism and discrimination when they have dared admonish the pupils to behave. But when they have offended the tender feelings of Muslims, and it certainly doesn’t take a lot, then attention is directed not at the naughty and ill-behaved brats but at the principal, who is suddenly made to appear the sinner.”
DANISH PEOPLE’S PARTY AD (Left) says, YOUR Denmark? A multiethnic society with: Mass rapes, Crude violence, Insecurity, Supression of women, Forced marriages. Is this what you want? “The problem,” Jyllands-Posten continued, “is not the principal but the ill-mannered children, who are not properly brought up by their parents but rather supported in their destructive behavior.” And why, asked the paper’s editorial writer, may we not “call Muslims Muslims when they themselves put so much emphasis on this identity”?
The day before, the editorial writer for the daily Kristeligt Dagblad called for unqualified support for Principal Sonsby. To be sure, the paper thought it too “simplistic” to blame the pupils’ bad behavior on their religion. Even so, the editorial writer admitted that there was a “real problem”, which had not been openly discussed: “The fact that some double-linguistic pupils ruin the education for others and that their lack of respect has something to do with their religious and cultural background.”
Despite some reservations, these statements amount to a revolution in a country where the only accepted explanation for the bad manners of the “double-linguistic” has so far been poor social conditions. In other words: If extra billions were pumped into the public schools and parents of naughty boys were given more money, the problems would disappear. If, on the other hand, the public school system’s collapse is entirely or in part caused by religion and culture and the fact that Muslim parents cannot or will bring up their children to become integrated into Danish society, what could possibly be accomplished with more money?
This sheds a new political light on the entire problem: By what right do Danish politicians allow further immigration of Muslims, knowing that the public school system – the institution that more than any other has made Denmark a caring and cohesive society – cannot integrate them? So far nobody has asked that question.
Can Muslims be bribed to integrate into a Western society? So far it hasn’t happened anywhere. (But perhaps they can be bribe to leave?)
Denmark is offering immigrants from “non-Western” countries 100,000 Danish kroners (US$20,000) if they volunteer to give up their legal residency and move “home”. This is just one of many creative initiatives spearheaded by the anti-immigrant Danish People’s Party to make foreigners – and especially Muslims – feel unwelcome in this small European country of 5.5 million inhabitants.
According to the Danish People’s Party, a coalition partner of the two ruling right-wing parties of the Danish government, paying immigrants to leave Denmark will save the state money on social services and “problems” [da] in the long run. “It costs quite a lot to have maladjusted immigrants in Danish society,” said financial spokesperson of the party, Kristian Thulesen Dahl. Funds have also been set aside for campaigns by local authorities who wish to encourage immigrants to leave the country. The government have not yet calculated how many people can be expected to accept the offer.
Muslim invaders threaten to behead Danish elderly.