Comment: Migrant Tales has published a few blog entries on calls by Finnish teachers to place caps on students with immigrant backgrounds. This actually happened at a school in the Norwegian capital of Oslo and sparked, rightfully, an outcry.
The reason? “Teachers at the school claim the segregation in one of the three general studies classes was a result of many white Norwegians changing schools after feeling they were in ‘the minority’ in classes,” reports the Mail Online.
Why is segregating or placing caps wrong at schools? For one, it’s not the teachers who decide who their pupils will be but the school board. Moreover, aren’t the children “Norwegian” if they have lived in the country most of their lives? How do you define “a student with immigrant background?”
One of the most valuable matters that white and students with culturally diverse backgrounds could learn is from themselves.
But there are different opinions: “…Robert Wright, a Christian Democrat politician and former head of the city’s schools board said authorities had been wrong to block the move claiming other Oslo schools follow Bjerke’s example to stop a situation of ‘white flight.'”
Torge Ødegaard, Oslo education minister, said segregation of classes by ethnicity was unacceptable.
By Lucy Buckland
A Norwegian school segregated ethnic minority classmates because white children were feeling ‘in the minority.’ The move, at Bjerke Upper Secondary School in Oslo, divided students and parents, sparking an protests across the city.
Thank you @getgln for the heads up!