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Young Swedish Politicians Defend Homeschooling
Young Swedish politicians recently defended homeschooling in Svenska Dagbladet, the largest national conservative newspaper in Sweden. The political leaders of three of Sweden’s youth organizations for the Liberal, Center, and Green parties critiqued the Swedish secretary of education’s policies that have essentially banned homeschooling in the Scandinavian nation. “Unfortunately, [Minister] Björklund is under the illusion that he knows best the needs of all students in this country.” It’s almost a joke, they add, that he calls himself a liberal. Over the past five years, “he has blatantly ignored the rights and freedoms of the individual” when crafting education policies.
“This is perhaps the strongest political message so far,” concludes Jonas Himmelstrand, president of Rohus, the Swedish Association for Home Education. Himmelstrand’s own lecture in May 2011 at the country’s annual FreedomFest political fair declared that Sweden’s anti-homeschool policies do not correspond to reality. Both Himmelstrand and the young politicians point to the mountains of positive evidence about homeschooling, both in Sweden and around the world.
While Sweden’s Liberal and Center parties typically lean to the conservative side, the Green Party is frequently across the divide, joining forces with the Social Democrats. “Their resounding agreement in defending homeschooling in the editorial is telling,” notes Michael Donnelly, director of international relations at HSDLA.
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Read an unofficial translation of the editorial, “Homeschooling Must Be Permitted.”