This is a two edged sword, on the one hand it forces Muslims to learn about other religions, while on the other hand it forces Christians and Jews to learn about Islam while cementing Islam into a regular feature in Finnish daily life. No doubt the Islam that they’ll teach the infidel will be the sugar coated version which will only serve to further obfuscate the real truth about that destructive ideology.
The politicians say they want to spark a discussion on the current system of religious education in Finnish schools. That discussion would help inform a working group at the National Board of Education which is currently considering the religious curriculum. The goal is for pupils to learn the secular parts of the curriculum in mixed classes, but remain in religious groups when taught their own religion.
“The new education plan is due in 2016,” says Outi Alanko-Kahiluoto of the Green League, who has joined Johanna Eloranta of the SDP and Sanna Lauslahti of the National Coalition party in proposing the reform.
“We would hope that especially the members of the working group will react to the proposal. We have not yet discussed the issue with them.”
Finland national curriculum was last renewed in 2004. This time the MPs want to see changes in the religious instruction provided to pupils. Children from different religious traditions would be taught about religions other than their own, and ethics, in mixed groups, rather than in groups separated by religious affiliation.
“Not an ideal model”
They would still learn their own religion in segregated groups, however.