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EDUCATION

Immigrant students get ‘Negro’ Swedish lesson

A class of immigrant students in southern Sweden was given a Swedish grammar lesson using the Swedish word for Negro.

The homework assignment, given last week to a class of about a dozen students at the Vägga School in Karlskrona was meant to teach the student about Swedish nouns which change form from singular to plural.

The Swedish word for ‘rule’, regel, becomes regler when written it is plural form.

Among the words that appeared on the worksheet was neger, a Swedish term for a black person which translates roughly as Negro and is considered by many to be derogatory.

“It’s absolutely not appropriate,” principal Eva Kindell told the local Blekinge Läns Tidning (BLT) newspaper.

Kindell claimed she only learned of the lesson after it had been handed out after a copy of the worksheet was sent to her by a teaching assistant assigned to help immigrant students.

“It’s a very unfortunate example and a work that people really don’t use any more,” she told the newspaper.

“It’s stigmatizing and absolutely inappropriate.”

The teacher suspected of handing out the assignment doesn’t want to admit to any responsibility for the offensive worksheet.

Kindell said she plans to investigate the matter further, but couldn’t say how long the material had been used or whether it has since been removed.

She guessed the neger worksheet was from an out of date grammar book, explaining that the school had access to updated material and that “a lack of awareness, thoughtlessness, or an oversight” is likely to blame for the assignment being handed out to the immigrant students.

Kindell couldn’t say, however, whether the teacher in question would be formally disciplined.

“I can see that we need to have a serious conversation about this,” she said.

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HEALTH

Swedish opposition proposes ‘rapid tests for ADHD’ to cut gang crime

The Moderate Party in Stockholm has called for children in so called "vulnerable areas" to be given rapid tests for ADHD to increase treatment and cut gang crime.

Swedish opposition proposes 'rapid tests for ADHD' to cut gang crime

In a press release, the party proposed that treating more children in troubled city areas would help prevent gang crime, given that “people with ADHD diagnoses are “significantly over-represented in the country’s jails”. 

The idea is that children in so-called “vulnerable areas”, which in Sweden normally have a high majority of first and second-generation generation immigrants, will be given “simpler, voluntary tests”, which would screen for ADHD, with those suspected of having the neuropsychiatric disorder then put forward for proper evaluations to be given by a child psychiatrist. 

“The quicker you can put in place measures, the better the outcomes,” says Irene Svenonius, the party’s leader in the municipality, of ADHD treatment, claiming that children in Sweden with an immigrant background were less likely to be medicated for ADHD than other children in Sweden. 

In the press release, the party said that there were “significant differences in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD within Stockholm country”, with Swedish-born children receiving diagnosis and treatment to a higher extent, and with ADHD “with the greatest probability” underdiagnosed in vulnerable areas. 

At a press conference, the party’s justice spokesman Johan Forsell, said that identifying children with ADHD in this areas would help fight gang crime. 

“We need to find these children, and that is going to help prevent crime,” he said. 

Sweden’s climate minister Annika Strandhäll accused the Moderates of wanting to “medicate away criminality”. 

Lotta Häyrynen, editor of the trade union-backed comment site Nya Mitten, pointed out that the Moderates’s claim to want to help children with neuropsychiatric diagnoses in vulnerable areas would be more credible if they had not closed down seven child and youth psychiatry units. 

The Moderate Party MP and debater Hanif Bali complained about the opposition from left-wing commentators and politicians.

“My spontaneous guess would have been that the Left would have thought it was enormously unjust that three times so many immigrant children are not getting a diagnosis or treatment compared to pure-Swedish children,” he said. “Their hate for the Right is stronger than their care for the children. 

Swedish vocab: brottsförebyggande – preventative of crime 

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