There was a time when Sweden was the best at everything. Certainly it had the world’s best educated students. But no longer. In fact over the last decade its status has plummeted to 19th of 65 countries. In a truly shocking indicator of the decline, one report stated that "one in five students now does not have a basic level in reading”. Yes, this is Sweden we’re talking about.
A period of formal hand-wringing appears to have been the official response and the situation has been described as “very worrying" no less, by Helén Ängmo, director of the Swedish National Agency for Education. What’s the cause of the spectacular decline? Well, it’s hard to determine from reading the reaction of the Swedish media.
Buried at the end of one report I see a comment, in tiny print, which provides a clue.
“For students with foreign backgrounds born in Sweden, 30 percent failed to meet basic reading levels. In terms of students of foreign origin who were born abroad, the figure was 48 percent, compared with Swedish students, at 14 percent. Although a lot of the differences can be explained by socio-economic backgrounds."
Well of course!
The same Helén Ängmo who found the results very worrying also found them "very surprising".
Well of course – again!
I mean, who could have guessed that flooding the country with waves of violent, illiterate, dehumanised, interbred one dimensional simpletons wasn’t a winning educational strategy?
Not me, that’s for sure
I also note that “Swedish” footballer Dulee Johnson has been cleared of rape charges, the court ruling that the evidence was ‘insufficient to convict’. I always believed him innocent. I mean, could you imagine a Liberian raping a white girl? Having said that, Dulee has form. He was convicted of drink driving on several occasions, as well as assaulting his then-girlfriend in 2005, receiving a sentence of 60 days community service.
In view of this record and the recent charges the Swedish authorities ordered him deported back to Liberia. Sorry, I got that wrong. In fact they’ve just given him full Swedish citizenship!
The Grand Guignol horror show that is Sweden’s self-destruction rolls on.