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The politicians are not going to help Harry, 8
The politicians are not going to help Harry, 8

Aftonbladet leader board is independent socialist.

the Word ”hemmasittare” for the children that TV4's Cold facts talked about in the documentary ”The invisible children” the day before yesterday is deeply misleading. As to the of free will do not go to school.

”Sometimes it is like a wall of anxiety. Sometimes it just doesn't go into the classroom, it's like an invisible wall,” says Emma, 15 years. She suffers from panic disorder and has characteristics of autism but the school has chosen to not give her enough support.

not receiving enough help

for five years, she has only been there a few days. The environment is too noisy in the great class she goes in and even though it has been five years since her special needs were discovered, she had not received sufficient help. Her mother has instead had to leave her job as a medical secretary in order to be able to provide the support, Emma, need.

Harry, 8, has ADHD and mild autism and therefore it is difficult with noisy environments and changes. When he would start school, he was promised to go in a class with special needs. But that was not the case. Instead put Harry in a regular class with a student assistant, which did not work. The school charted never to his needs and gave him a really never any real chance.

”He needed all the time to experience a failure,” says his mother in the program.

in the end it went not, Harry was simply too bad. Then half a year, he is at home.

According to the education act have both Emma and Harry the right to support. The rector is obliged to ensure that children with special needs, such as neuropsychiatric disabilities doing well at school and can achieve the learning outcomes. But when Kalla fakta asks the agency how big the problem with ”hemmasittare” is they get no response. Despite the fact that Sweden has compulsory school attendance and it is about the child not getting the help they need seems no one to know.

One student per school affected

When they did not receive any response made Cold facts together with statistics SWEDEN, a private study where they sent out a questionnaire to a representative sample of schools. The result is the closest to shocking: the entire 5500 children is \\

For the children who are affected are the hands of a complete disaster, without education, it is hardly possible to get a job and support themselves. School failure could be the beginning of a life of exclusion and powerlessness. But also for the society, it is an extremely waste. According to the economist Ingvar Nilsson, who had counted on the Cold faktas basis is the price tag to society of between 20 and 30 billion.

Both Björklund and Fridolin is responsible

the Problem is largely a consequence of poor policy. In the new education act 2011, the idea was that children with special needs would be included in regular classes and given special support. It looked good on paper but seems to not have worked in reality. Children with, for example, ADHD and autism have been difficult to learn something if everything is messy. They need security and predictability in an environment characterized by peace and quiet. Get a classroom with 20 to 30 students to live up to it. Furthermore, many lack teachers with the knowledge needed to respond to children with neuropsychiatric disabilities.

Although the alarm bells began ringing several years ago, the reform of 2011 was not followed up politically. It is a failure of epic proportions for the then minister for education Jan Björklund (L), which introduced the reform and Gustav Fridolin (MP), which since 2014 is the responsibility. How has this been able to happen and why has no one pulled the emergency brake?

the education Act, must be flexible

today, it seems to be clean the wild west in how different municipalities interpret the law, but with at least 5500 children who ended up caught in the middle is good enough no excuses. The next government should write about the education act so that it becomes more flexible and is based on the children's needs. Inclusion in the classes can be good sometimes, but it must be possible to use smaller study groups or other special solutions. Also, teacher training should be done so that the level of knowledge of diagnoses such as ADHD and autism is increasing.

See it as Cold faktas contribution to the next government declaration.

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