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Swedish free schools open to sects: study

The Local · 14 Dec 2012, 07:32

Published: 14 Dec 2012 07:32 GMT+01:00

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The control of organizations running schools is too lax, said French parliamentarian Rudy Salles, who is looking into the matter for the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE).

"A sect can set up a school and give the appearance they are following the national curriculum," he told the Swedish TT news agency.

"But during lessons they could be influencing the children with the ideologies of the sect."

"We do not want this for the children," said Salles who in May 2013 will present the report to PACE.

The study also looks at France, the Netherlands, Ukraine and Germany.

Salles thinks one weakness in the Swedish system is that the teachers do not become municipal employers when they are hired by the freestanding organisations. In France, even free school teachers are on the payroll of the state.

"The Swedish system is made vulnerable by this," Salles said.

He also spared little force when critiquing the Swedish School Inspectorate for visits and reviews that he deemed too shallow.

"It is important that the state and different authorities do more checks," Salles said.

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He said sects can pose a particular problem as many of them operate across borders and have deep coffers from which to fund the move into education. He cited Scientology and Jehovas Witness as examples.

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09:44 December 14, 2012 by RobinHood
Is there any evidence at all that sects have infiltrated the Swedish independent school system. Or is this just another wacko conspiracy theory that exists only in Messr Salles' fevered imagination?

One presumes that if the Scientologists, the Moonies, or whatever were operating independent schools in Sweden, we might have heard about it by now. Perhaps they are housed in secret underground caverns, or hidden deep in the northern forests.

Messr Salles should spend even more EU taxpayers' money searching high and low for them. The mines under KIruna would be a good place to start.
10:02 December 14, 2012 by Beavis
many of these schools were set up as an alternative to the state sect schools set up in the 70s and 80s to brainwash kids into the socialsist way of thinking- you must be average in everything you do etc etc.. shoul dthat not be investigated too?
15:24 December 14, 2012 by smilingjack
scientology and jehovas witness. sure. and christians, jews, mormons, buddhists and the rest of them too.

just make sure none of them get access to your kids.

someone please explain how one differs from the other.

all of them are the same.

well god spoke to me - and only me and told me to collect lots of money from all of you. I should never have to pay any tax but you will all pay a heap - to me. I have no evidence at all to back up what I have just told you but you better believe me or you will suffer eternal pain - that is once your dead so it can never be verified. once again I cant prove you will suffer eternal pain but hey - you look pretty gullible so just believe me. I will then cut you off from education to keep you as dumb as possible. now the biggy. to make my group as big as possible you must have lots of bables that will all follow me. so get rooting and NO contraceptions thanks - or see rule about eternal pain blah blah blah.

in years to come when its obvious what a load of rubbish youve swallowed we will just say - its not meant to be taken literally - but follow the same rules or eternal damnation etc etc. and keep the cash rolling in.

ban them all and the sooner the better.start celebrating scientists, geologists, doctors and professors. people that actually existed and did something for humanity. not fairies at the bottom of the garden.
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