Monday, September 3, 2007

Gelding Swedes

A government plan in Sweden to teach students about "the horrors of communism" has prompted two Swedish school librarians to write that

informing students about the crimes of communism would be wrong as it would risk making the pupils' views more right-wing.
… right-wing meaning, presumably, not communist. But one can be certain that their colleagues will be able to come up with some sort of standard curricular disclaimers and equivocacies to maintain the current state of education:
A poll carried out by Demoskop on behalf of the Organization for Information on Communism (Föreningen för upplysning om kommunismen - UOK) found that 90 percent of Swedes between the ages of 15 and 20 had never heard of the Gulag. This can be contrasted with the 95 percent who knew of Auschwitz.

[…] Of the 1004 young Swedes involved in the nationwide poll, 43 percent believed that communist regimes had claimed less than one million lives. A fifth of those surveyed put the death toll at under ten thousand. The actual figure is estimated at around 100 million.

The poll also found that 40 percent of young Swedes believed that communism contributed to increased prosperity in the world; 22 percent considered communism a democratic form of government…
Via Moonbattery

1 Comment:

Mark said...

I wish those librarians would have kept their mouths shut. They're giving the profession a bad, albeit accurate, image.