It’s the TT’s opinion that these parents feel forced to express some positive opinion of multiculturalism due to the overall stigmatism involved in holding dissenting views. The people however, are in fact voting on multiculturalism with their feet, all the while they voice approval of it in theory. Cognitive dissonance on full display. Here are few interesting snippets from the article:
“Undoubtedly we all want to live in a multicultural and tolerant atmosphere, but the fact is that if there are many children who do not speak Finnish, the teacher’s time is spent on them”,
Really? We all want to live in this wonderful “multicultural society” designed by temporary politicians and societal engineers over the past 4-5 decades? How’s it been working for us thus far?
Children of different backgrounds have been taken into consideration in everything, Lamminpää says. There are international events, celebrations, and common activities.
The school gets a bonus of EUR 49,000 a year to cover costs of “positive discrimination”. The funds are allocated on the basis of the parents’ education level and income, as well as their possible immigrant background. In Maunula the money has been used to pay for two teaching assistants and for the organisation of events to teach awareness of differences.
So you see folks, discrimination can have positive attributes as long as the ones controlling the debate are doing the discriminating. By the way, the TT isn’t against immigration, but solidly for choosing the right type of immigrant for our society. The TT is also against treating individuals in society as if they in fact belong to, “groups of individuals”, that need to be singled out for special attention and treated separately.
There shouldn’t be any talk of “group rights”, but of individual rights within a free society running on the capitalist system in which the individual is allowed to pursue his or her own dream and self interests as best possible. There is no utopian solution for securing an easy transition for immigrants in any society, so we should stop trying, and focus on making the economy the most free economy possible.
Any government supported welfare state in the West that employs a policy of mass immigration of low level skilled people from third world countries, especially from Muslim countries, which is then enforced by a multicultural mindset that focuses on group rights, is a major recipe for disaster. It’s been tried over and again in a number of EU states and all ending with the same result. Failure. KGS
Helsinki parents at pains to avoid schools with high proportion of immigrants
By Jaakko Lyytinen
HS: Pasi and Merja recently separated.
“It was the best that we could do in this situation”, Pasi says.
The father hardly looks shaken by the separation as he sits in the ample living room of his home. He isn’t upset, because the separation exists only on paper. Pasi and the family’s younger child moved their official place of residence to the home of relatives, but in fact, the family continues to live together.
The purpose of the paper separation was to keep their child, who starts school in the autumn, from ending up in the school nearest to them.
“We left nothing to chance.”
Pasi and Merja are not their real names. This is not a subject that people want to discuss openly.
Pasi and Merja live in a neighbourhood of small houses in Metsälä in the north of Helsinki.
More than a dozen children who start school next autumn live in the neighbourhood of about 1,000 residents, and nearly all of them applied for admission to a school outside their neighbourhood.
Many of the neighbours have pulled similar stunts. Residents of Metsälä have different ways of getting their children into schools in nearby Oulunkylä or Käpylä.
Some have even acquired a second home to make sure that their children attend school somewhere other than their nearest one in Maunula.
Maunula is a suburb of more than 7,000 residents next to Metsälä. The area is of manageable size with plenty of green space.
Having lived in Maunula for six years myself, I can confirm this impression, but Maunula continues to have a somewhat questionable reputation, which has not completely gone away, even though the area is currently peaceful and is filled with families with children.
Most of the children in our neighbourhood have started school at the Maunula comprehensive.
Both children and parents have insisted that they are pleased with their neighbourhood school. That is why I was surprised to hear about the Metsälä phenomenon. When I spoke with local residents there the reasons started to become clearer.
An invisible wall exists along the border of Maunula and Metsälä.
The average income of Maunula residents is EUR 22,400 a year, while the Metsälä residents earn EUR 37,000.
Maunula has many low-income pensioners, and half of the homes in the area are built on the partially publicly-funded Arava subsidy scheme, compared with only ten per cent in Metsälä.
And then there is the sensitive issue: about a tenth of the residents in Maunula speak a language other than Finnish or Swedish as their mother tongue.
In Metsälä, with its 1,000 residents, just 43 speak a foreign language at home. The entire foreign language-speaking population there could nearly fit in a single city bus.