Stockholm Family Assigned to Scientology Pre-School

Discussion in 'CoS Front Groups' started by RightOn, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. RightOn Member

    I couldn't find this in the searcch,
    so if it has already been posted sorry.
    Bolded by me

    A family in Stockholm were surprised to find out that their daughter had been assigned a place at a preschool with a teaching method created by L Ron Hubbard, the father of Scientology.

    “If we didn’t accept they said it could take years until we would get a placement,“ Sofia Åsell told the Dagens Nyheter (DN) daily.

    At first the family had secured a place for their daughter in a private pre-school but on coming back from holiday they found that it had been given to another child.

    They immediately joined the City of Stockholm queue but could not get a place at any of the five choices they had researched. Instead they were offered a place for their daughter at school which they knew nothing about.

    “The municipality didn’t seem to know much about it, just that it was a private pre-school that follows the Swedish curriculum,“ Åsell told DN.

    But when the family received an information leaflet, they found that the school also used the teaching method ‘Applied Scholastics’.

    Following an internet search, they realised that the method is based on the educational system developed by L Ron Hubbard. The Applied Scholastics trademark is owned by the Association for Better living and education (ABLE), which is a subdivision of the Church of Scientology.

    As the parents had wanted a completely ordinary Swedish pre-school, they contacted the municipality to find out the alternatives, only to be informed that it could take years until they would find a place for their daughter if they failed to accept this one.

    They felt reluctant to accept the placement but with having exhausted their parental leave entitlement, they were left with little choice.

    “At the moment we are working in shifts to make ends meet. We were given no other option than to accept,” Åsell said.

    According to DN, the first meeting with the pre-school left the parents as confused as before.

    The teacher had informed them that the school was attached to the Church of Scientology but that the teaching method was based on respecting the children’s possessions and letting them resolve differences through communication.

    “I didn’t want to write off the Scientology method without seeing it in practice, but I felt a little apprehensive as to what it might entail, Åsell told DN.

    The couple still think it is strange that the authorities would place their daughter in ‘Scientology preschool’ considering the controversy that surrounds the movement.

    But according to Leif Sjöholm, director of the district council (Stadsdelsförvaltningen), independent schools in Stockholm can choose either to have their own waiting lists or to join the city’s queue for pre-school placements.

    As the school in question have chosen to join the city’s queue, the city distributes the placements at their school.

    That the family were told they had to accept the placement or lose their place in the queue, Sjöholm thinks is worth looking into.

    “I know that the City is looking over the rules on what happens if you decline a place, if there is a need to change the laws regarding the day-care guarantee,“ Sjöholm told The Local.

    When doing a search for a pre-school on the City of Stockholm website, the school in question, which is part of a group of six schools in the Stockholm area, comes under the rather general term ‘others’ in the dropbox of ‘educational direction’.

    The word 'Applied Scholastics' is mentioned on the page, but no explanation is given as to what that is.

    However, information about the school - a leaflet provided by the schools themselves- is always given to parents, according to Sjöholm.

    “But the main thing to remember is that the City of Stockholm Education Administration (Utbildningsförvaltningen) has approved the school,” he said.

    According to the Education Administration the school has been approved because it follows the rules and the curriculum that regulates Swedish pre-schools.

    When an independent school is started up, the administration reviews their application and once approved, they follow it up through regular inspections.

    "What is important for parents is finding out as much as possible about the schools they are planning to send their children to," Managing Director Mats Persson told The Local.

    He thinks that there is a danger in providing too much information on the Stockholm City website as it makes people unwilling to read on.

    However, he doesn't believe that 'Applied Sholastics' is a more unfamiliar concept for Swedes than for example 'Montessori' or 'Reggio Emilia'.

    "But if there are any words or concepts that seem unfamiliar, you should definitely research it further to be certain in your choice. The most important thing is to find out as much as possible as a parent," he said.

    According to Persson this question comes up in the Swedish media every 3 to 4 years in different forms.

    However, in this particular case the district council has subsequently been able to solve the matter for the family and offer an alternative placement for their daughter, according to Leif Sjöholm of the district council.

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  2. RightOn Member

    Mayor’s Office

    Sten Nordin (M), Mayor of Stockholm

    Oliver Carrá, Head of media relations
    Phone: + 46 8 508 29 202 or +46 76 12 29 202
    E-mail: oliver.carra@​

    Schools and Education Division

    Lotta Edholm (FP), Vice Mayor for Schools and Education

    Ulrika Frändén, Press Officer
    Phone: +46 8 508 29 397 or +46 76 12 29 397
    E-mail: ulrika.franden@​
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  3. RightOn Member

    shameless bump

    I can't believe that these parents felt they had no other choice?
    I would send them to a public school or keep them home before I would send them to any COS school
  4. Anonymous Member

    It's the Stockholm education board that needs to revoke the license for the clam nursery.

    Fucking poon the svens!!!!
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  5. Hombre Moderator Skandinaviska

    *Yawn* I'm awake... now... guys, hi... what's up?

    Oh yes... Independant school or Free schools (translating literally) is a pretty hot topic as of late. Nobody likes them because they're for-profit and don't care about following the rules and procedures, such as making sure their employees aren't criminals.

    The bad news is that since it is a hot topic, nobody's going to do anything drastic about this because of possible media attention. Hopefully the government will regulate and if they do, you can be sure that the proper administrations will be pooned about the cult... figure it'll be easier to make them change stuff if they're doing it anyway. The newspiece will probably be better than any poons at the moment, I believe.
  6. RightOn Member

    oh there you are Hombre!
    thanks for chiming in
    sigh... doesn't sound good
    at least the article was printed.
    Is it better to for people to get that article read by more people?
    Or pooning someone like Lotta Edholm (FP), Vice Mayor for Schools and Education?
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  8. Hombre Moderator Skandinaviska

    I think the problem is that the regulations aren't good enough now. This means that the municipal probably has to offer any school (pre- or kindergarden included) that's OK'd by whoever OK's them. So they can't just say "hey they're not up to standards and they're misbehaving, let's dismiss them" until such regulations are properly enforced by the law which from what I've read isn't happening. It's the government's fault. Poons never hurt though, but I doubt we'll see anything like a quick fix.

    I'll send that girl an email and enquire about the whole situation.

    EDIT: Sent, I'll post when (if) I hear anyting back.
  9. Mark Cabian Member

    Yeah, I saw that in the news this morning. When I read it, it seemed to me that the first problem is that they are on a list at all. Second, demand for quality daycare and schools is obviously high. This forces -- as in their case -- parents whose options have run out, to resort to the only option. The cult school. THIS makes me quite displeased.
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  13. Hombre Moderator Skandinaviska

    Today's article
  14. RightOn Member

    glad they went with another school.
    so that COS school was ordered to "shape up"
    they should pay closer attention and check up on them more often
  15. Mr. Cromwell Member

    CO$ Preschool? I'd rather shoot myself in the foot than send anyone to that school.

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