H. Numan, our expatriate Dutch correspondent, sends us this report on the state of PC Multicultural primary education in the Netherlands. The article and the excerpt from the school website are his own translations.
Improving the world…
… by letting somebody else do that. That’s the way socialism works. What happens if a fighter for world peace, protector of the oppressed workers, and eternal foe of discrimination gets tapped on the shoulder by reality?
Targeted because you aren’t Mohammedan
By Bram Logger
UTRECHT – Expelled from school. Not because you are a bully, but because you are bullied. It happened to Cyril Teissier (9) on the Zuilen primary school ‘The Circle’.
“It’s really frustrating that we have this discrimination, for that’s what it is; we couldn’t stop it,’’ said internal school manager Annet van der Ree.
As the only white and Christian Dutch boy in class, Cyril in group 5 was bullied so much by his Moroccan classmates that school management thought it better to send him to a different school. The bullying kids kept on doing that: kicking, beating, intimidating, and excluding him from his classmates.
Cyril’s parents, Laurent and Laura Teissier, deliberately chose to send all their kids to the ‘black’ primary school “The Circle”. Cyril’s older sisters (now 15 and 19) went there. “Because of the warm atmosphere, and also because it is a minority school, which receives a lot of extra financial attention from the government. That’s why there is always something nice going on there. We never had any problems with our two older kids.”
Unfortunately, Cyril wasn’t that lucky. “It started in group 5. He had two friends. They started to beat him and bully him more and more often. And laugh, when he was in pain,” according to Laura. “When two new (Moroccan) boys joined the class, things went seriously wrong. They wanted to prove themselves and incited the others to bully Cyril even more.
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“Often Cyril was beaten. The school soccer field was only for Moroccan boys; you cannot play there, they said to him. And if he wanted to play with the girls in class, he was called a faggot. His only friend in class, a Turkish boy, fell for peer pressure and joined the bullies. He wasn’t a Moroccan, but at least he was a Muslim. Thus, better than Cyril.”
After each incident the school sat around the table with the bullies. They promised not to do it again. But more often than not, the very next day they broke their promises.
In the end, Cyril couldn’t bear it any longer. He didn’t want to go to school any more. He remained in his bed, and asked to be sent to a different school. The school management thought this was the best solution too. “Let Cyril go three more years to a nice school. This will only get worse,” said Van der Ree. “I told Cyril’s parents they should for once let idealism not interfere with the welfare of their child.
In the meantime, Cyril is now very happy in group 6 on the Montessori school in Oog in Al. “Twenty minutes cycling, not really convenient,” said Laurent Teissier. “We really dislike that. We hoped so much all our kids would get a good start in a black school. That was a failure.”
This summer a community announcement fell on the doormat of the Teissier family. It told about what a great success the “mixed school The Circle” was. “A nice safe place for all children from the community,” it said.
That was just too much for Laurent and Laura Teissier. “The school and the politicians shouldn’t behave as if there are no problems. We have the impression that bullying and discrimination by Moroccan youths against the Dutch is growing in Zuilen. Something should be done about that.”
The school’s website (in Dutch) : www.obs-decirkel.nl
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From the school’s website:
As of 2006 The Circle is a school for peace. We work on a program that raises the social and emotional climate in class and school. Pupils in a school for peace know how to handle conflicts. Thus, the school for peace becomes a community for peace, in which everyone (pupils, staff, parents, supporting staff) feels involved and responsible. A environment where people interact in a positive way with one another. A school where pupils have a vote, where pupils can influence the climate of their class and the school, on their own educational environment and their own development.
I wouldn’t call this school a black school. Rather a red school. Strange to call yourself a school for peace. Do other schools teach war?
At least, they are very honest: the pupils certainly influence the climate of their class and school. The kids sure know how to handle conflicts: you stamp it out with maximum violence. To top it off: the red management couldn’t manage a bun fight in a bakery.
Pity this poor child, a victim of his parents’ political idealism. I wouldn’t be surprised if he is dragged along in demonstrations to hug trees, protest against asylum centers and God knows what else. This is, in my humble opinion, serious and premeditated child abuse.
— H. Numan