Prayer is remain legal, prior to when teachers teach. I guess no country is perfect:)
This is being done for two reasons. One, it is an attempt to stop Fundamentalism, especially Muslim Fundamentalism from being taught in schools.
The other reason is the obvious one; to make sure kids are taught facts and not myths disguised as facts:
"A student shouldn't be able to pass a natural science test by answering that God created the world. We don't think that's OK," a spokesman said.
Most independent schools in Sweden are privately owned but publicly funded by grants.
This is interesting:
The law is being presented in Sweden as if it mostly concerned fundamentalist Christian sects in the backwoods; but the Christian Democratic party, which represents such people if anyone does, is perfectly happy with the new regulation. There is little doubt that combating Islamic fundamentalism is the underlying aim, especially in conjunction with another new requirement that all independent schools declare all their funding sources.
One other point to make is that Sweden might have the highest percentage of atheists, than any other country, so this new law may be a very easy sell.
I wonder if they are going to change their homeschooling laws too. In Sweden around 100 children are homeschooled each year. There are various reasons why that number is low, but it would defeat the issue if those numbers start to rise because of the new laws.
I'm just glad the world is heading in the right direction....at least the West is.
John Tory got humiliated in the recent Ontario election for trying to increase faith based education, and now Sweden is banning fairy tales in school. Life is good.
There are still some who celebrate Christmas in Sweden, praise science: