“We surrendered”. A teacher in Vienna describes problems with Muslim pupils.
The book that will shock Austria, as the integration of Muslims continues to be a colossal failure in Europe.
How is the “rule of law” holding up in Austria these days in comparison with “Sharia law”? Maybe Sebastian Kurz should read this report instead of the political manifestos of Green Party activist Judith Sargentini.
? Muslim students in the immigrant district of Favoriten disturb the teaching and atmosphere in school, according to a new book by Susanne Wiesinger, a longtime teacher. Education Minister Heinz Fassmann commissioned a nationwide study on integration issues in education.
Wiesinger, a social democrat, was close to the party that traditionally favored immigration. In Favoriten, she taught over 25 years and now works in a high school with predominantly Muslim pupils of Turkish origin.
She summed up her experience in a 214-page book, The Cultural Fight in the Classroom: How Islam is changing schools.
“We are helpless, I often think. They won and we lost. In fact, we have lost the children,” Der Standard quotes from the book.
According to Wiesinger, the teaching level of former special schools is diminishing. It is complicated by the fact that Muslim pupils often do not speak German. At the same time, the Muslim pupil defends everything he does and this leads to problems – especially in sexual education and biology.
“All passages that are forbidden by Sharia law from the point of view of my Muslim pupils must not be read,” Wiesinger says.
“The school is a place of cultural, religious and national friction. One is increasingly resolving violent conflicts. Muslims are making the biggest problems. In our country, they are Turks, Chechens and Afghans.”
She mentions that Muslims are hostile to each other: Turks against Kurds and Chechens against Afghans. The teacher also wrote of threats from Muslim pupils towards westerners who wear Western style clothing, especially non-Muslim girls. “They give up because we have given up as a country,” quotes Wiesinger.
“Many Muslim children are internally torn. On one hand, the community commends them for their special and predominant beliefs; on the other hand, they are confronted with their school failures. Of course, it causes internal riots and huge tensions,” points out Wiesinger.
The Chairman of the Association of Social Democratic Teachers, Thomas Bulant, mentioned the complaints from teachers’ that the Muslim pupils do not recognize their authority because of their gender. They refuse to acknowledge them.
“Parallel worlds are really a reality for some pupils,” school inspector Elisabeth Repolusková admitted. However, she downplayed the cultural struggle, claiming it was exaggerated. She mentioned, for example, the seminars on de-radicalization. (Repolusková sounds somewhat naive to believe “seminars” on de-radicalization can solve the problem.)
According to Die Presse, Wiesinger was under pressure not to publish these major problems with integration. The Urban Council issued an “unofficial injunction” to prevent teachers from talking publicly about the integration problems at schools in Vienna. The Councilor for Education, Jürgen Czernohorszky, promised to meet with Wiesinger.
However, Wiesinger was supported by integration expert Kenan Güngör. “I also hear from schools with a higher proportion of Muslim pupils, for example, that they refuse music education.”
The Muslim adolescent often looks up to authoritarian leaders such as Turkish President Recep Erdogan. “This often makes it very difficult, for example, to teach history or political education,” he added.
Fassmann’s study comes out of a nationwide online questioning of school heads. “We have to ask how a secular school in a multicult society can and should deal with increased religiosity,” Güngör said. The survey shows the schools with the biggest problems and what age groups are the most troublesome.
At the so-called “new high schools” in Vienna, Muslims account for approximately 40 percent of 30,000 pupils. The second largest group (25%) is Roman Catholics.
At the Viennese primary schools, Muslims are the second largest religious group…31 percent of the pupils are Roman Catholic and 28 percent adhere to Islam.
Austria has about 8.7 million inhabitants. The Ministry of the Interior estimates that approximately 700,000 of them are Muslims, mostly from Turkish origin.