Sweden is awesome
Sweden is awesome
Thanks for reminding me how backwards my country is, Sweden.
Best news I've heard all day
Way to go Sweden!! There are to many differing beliefs in this world, and because schools have to appease to a wide audience, belief is not the way to go. You have to teach things we all agree on. WE DON'T ALL AGREE ON RELIGION. And so, it has no place in school.
if you want to learn about religion, go attend a sermon. it has no place in school, except in philosophy/history classes
praise jeebus. They have always seemed more civilized than the US, this is just another example.
Sweden crushes basic liberties.
"The Qur'an may not be taught as if it is true even in Muslim INDEPENDENT schools, nor may the Bible in Christian schools"
If you read my blog you will find that I am an atheist - I am not trying to defend religion here, I am defending basic liberties. Sweden has crossed a line: this is not keeping religion out of the public education system, this is the state trying to tell people what they are allowed to believe. No, I know it is not like they have a state religion or something, but liberties are always destroyed in small increments - pretty soon Sweden will be controlling people's personal religious choices even more.
Also, let me add that opening schools is another thing that has to remain in the control of the people, not the government. If you give the gov. sole control over running schools, you give them the uncontrolled power to brainwash, I mean teach children whatever they want. Including political ideals and the like.
EDIT 11/10/08: EvilTomte: I explicitly am talking about independent schools. I certainly believe that religion has no place in public school systems. You are referencing "our schools," "a democracy," etc. It is clear you are talking about public schools, not private schools. Contrary to what you wrote, freedom is about letting those schools exist. You can NOT have freedom if you do not allow people to choose what may be considered the 'wrong' path. People are being forced in Sweden. They are being forced not to express their beliefs through private schools.
Moving to Sweden now.
Hells yeah, Sweden. I only hope Britain will follow their lead.
I applaud this. The article's last paragraph delves into a deeper issue; that is, whether this is defensible from a civil liberties standpoint. In other words, is it good that parents no longer have the right to send their children to a school that will teach values in line with the parents' beliefs? I would argue yes, for two reasons: society traditionally upholds the rights of children to be protected from harm from their parents, regardless of their parents' preferences; and secondly, a national education is far from what would be seen in a purely libertarian society - it's heavily governmentalized in order to provide a higher standard of learning. Being so, it's imperative that the government remove itself as far from dogmatic modalities as possible. School is a place to teach objective realities, and you can teach your kids whatever you want about supernaturalisms (or lack thereof) when they get home from classes.
Sweden have got it going on! I'm moving there.
They dislike organised religion AND they don't give a flying one about piracy!
Could it be heaven?
Actually, I don't think this is fair at all. To everyone saying "Good for Sweden" think of it this way: in other countries you get bitched at for NOT believing in god, but in Sweden, you'll be getting trouble if you teach about god at all? How is that fair? Why not just have total freedom of religion. People should have the option to think and believe what they want to.