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Teachers need to learn to tackle racism: report

Teachers need to learn to tackle racism: report

Published: 10 Nov 2012 18:11 GMT+01:00
Updated: 10 Nov 2012 18:11 GMT+01:00

The report, entitled "Främlingsfienden inom oss" (literally: The xenophobe within us), calls for some 650 million kronor ($95 million) to be spent on teacher training within human rights issues over the next five years.

"When a pupil wants to challenge and say something racist the teachers often don't know how to handle the situation," the report's author, former Liberal Party leader Bengt Westerberg, said to the Svenska Dagbladet daily.

The report concludes that the greatest threat to vulnerable groups in Sweden comes not from extreme right groups but from everyday intolerance and racism.

While it was recognized that extensive work was being undertaken to tackle the problems of xenophobia within public authorities, councils and voluntary groups, the report highlighted a number of problems.

"The initiatives are often diffuse and lack an overview. There is also a lack of counter-measures against xenophobia on the internet."

The Schools Inspectorate (Skolinspektionen) and the Equality Ombudsman (Diskrimineringsombudsman) would be respectively tasked with monitoring and analysing the development of racism and how the work to tackle it is progressing.

The report and recommendations were handed over by Bengt Westerberg to integration minister Erik Ullenhag on Friday.

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19:31 November 10, 2012 by StockholmSam
As a teacher, I do not mind this initiative. But for god's sake, if they are going to place even MORE demands on teachers then RAISE TEACHER PAY!! It is already a nightmare to try to become a certified teacher. You have to study two entire subjects, unlike most professions that require study of one subject. Then, when you begin working you get no respect, no power and little income. If you are going to pile more on the teacher's plate, increase their income. Otherwise, you will see even fewer people enter the profession.
19:38 November 10, 2012 by ajs42548
So does this also apply to immigrants who are exhibit xenophobic behavior towards native Swedes too?
19:57 November 10, 2012 by StockholmSam
@ajs42548, I am pretty sure that once the training gets started, it will apply to all forms and directions of racism. Why wouldn't it?
20:00 November 10, 2012 by Spuds MacKenzie
Here's a better solution: intead of wasting 650 MILLION Kronor why not just stop allowing people who are completely the opposite of native Swedes into the country in the first place?!!
20:37 November 10, 2012 by StockholmSam
Hey Spuds MacKenzie, compare Riyadh, Saudi Arabia with New York City and see if that doesn't give you a clue.
00:05 November 11, 2012 by Svensksmith
And racists should learn how to tackle teachers.
00:07 November 11, 2012 by beam_me_up
Why not spend some of that money on educating the parents of these kids. The racism the kids display generally starts, and is nurtured, at home. No matter how much the teachers try, it isn't going to stop when so much of it is learned at home. Public service announcements on TV might also help. And yes, pay the teachers more. They deserve it!
00:34 November 11, 2012 by jostein
NB, this creature Bengt Westerberg was instrumental in starting the destruction of sweden by pushing the Bildt government of 1992 to abolish the "Lucia Överrenskommelsen". Now he tries to mend the destruction his evil has wraught with propaganda.
00:58 November 11, 2012 by tercel
@StockholmSam

"I am pretty sure that once the training gets started, it will apply to all forms and directions of racism. Why wouldn't it?"

BECAUSE as everyone knows islam is a 1st class religion and muslims are 1st class citizens, TOTALLY incapable of racism. As the Cult of Multiculturalism has taught us, ONLY white people can be RACIST.
02:10 November 11, 2012 by jimmyjames
There is something sinister regarding people of Western European heritage that seems bent on self-extermination. You go to Japan and observe how the Japanese children are taught about themselves and their ancient hertiage. They are never told that they owe other races, that they are secondary to other races, that they are "racists", that they should embrace racial mixing in marriage, ect. The exact same is true amongst the Chinese schools. They are always told of the great contributions their race has made to humanity in culture, science, social evolution , ect. They are never told that they owe the other races of the world anything, they are never told that they must submit to multi-culturism, and multi-racial marriage., ect. I could name several other prominant races and ethnic groups that do the same; Israelis, Russians, Zulus, Maisi, ect. Why are people of Western European races, whether they are in Europe, North America, Australia, or New Zealand always, I mean always, bombarded with this self-destroying, very aggressive dogma ??? There has to be a reason behind it because it is too noticable and prevalent. Find out who is responsible..........find them and identify them.
07:31 November 11, 2012 by WhiteRabbit1807
In the 1960's "Anti-racists" forced ALL and ONLY white countries to open their borders to non-white immigration. Then "Anti-racists" forced ALL and ONLY white people to "integrate" or face consequences for being "naziswhowanttokill6millionjews." Now "Anti-racists" are calculating that ALL and ONLY white children will become minorities and eventually EXTINCT. If "Anti-racists" did this to ALL and ONLY black countries, it would be called a genocide. "Anti-racist" is a codeword for anti-white.
07:46 November 11, 2012 by Sense and logic
Paying so much money on this subject is like making a person pay for the bullet that is going to kill him. Agree to this and you are a Turkey voting for Christmas.
08:48 November 11, 2012 by RobinHood
It doesn't take 650 million crowns to show teachers how to be decent human beings. If teachers tolerate racism in their classrooms now, training won't help; you can't train people to be decent. They either are or aren't.
09:20 November 11, 2012 by rise
I've mentioned this before and it's worth mentioning again: according to studies at the Yale University primates are in fact BORN with their xenophobia. The human, the homo sapiens, is a primate like other primates.

It is easy for politicians like Mr Westerberg - hiding behind the fences inside their luxurious WHITE quarters - to act the saint spending other peoples' money. But the regular Swedish worker and taxpayer is beginning to wake up. More and more people are seeing you for what you really are: sanctimonious hypocrites spreading falsehood!

Your immigration policy has crackled completely. And you do not have the guts to admit it, nor do you have the tools to repair the cracks. But by all means, keep this up and you'll be helping https://sverigedemokraterna.se/ even more in 2014.
12:52 November 11, 2012 by Mb 65
Spuds MacKenzie I agree with you 100%.
13:21 November 11, 2012 by Reptile
I wonder if this is a reaction to the latest poll where SD got 9 %
14:56 November 11, 2012 by Eric1
Comrades, spy on your caucasian neighbors, report any thing you see to the Central Committee. For example, eating pork is racist because its not eaten by peace loving Muslims and this activity cannot be tolerated in our tolerate society. That is all.
18:20 November 11, 2012 by what would thomas paine do
(Paine)

Q: So it's within human rights to raze healthcare budgets in order to finance the state-engineered master society?

(Politicos)

A: "Everyone has the right to suffer and die for our cause."
02:08 November 12, 2012 by rebelart.se
and who better to teach us all about racism than some liberal white racist swede..
08:43 November 12, 2012 by smilingjack
If someone dresses and acts a certain way because they believe "a god" has deemed it so than they deserve all the criticism in the world. Must dress like this. Cant eat that. Your an idiot and deserve ridicule. Christian, Jew, Muslim, Bhuddist or Scientologist. Pointing out THE TRUTH to them and pointing out they have a mental deficiency should not be a crime and in fact should be encouraged.

Its not racism.
12:20 November 26, 2012 by jack_sprat
I'm guessing that such "vulnerable groups" do not include old white women who are beaten and kicked bloody for coming to the defense of a dog, by one of those "vulnerable groups" whom the agit-prop is meant to embolden further..
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