A veteran teacher in Vienna, Austria, has been pressure into resigning from her position in the teacher’s union after blowing the whistle on the Islamization of local schools in a viral interview with alternative media.
Susanne Wiesinger has taught in Austrian schools for 25 years. After experiencing a radical change thanks to ‘cultural enrichment,’ she decided to take her concerns public, speaking on behalf of many colleagues who lack the fortitude to do the same, she says.
In her original interview with Addendum Projekt, Wiesinger revealed that roughly 50% of children in Wien-Favoriten, the country’s largest school district, now have a migration background, and that there is an escalating culture war eroding the social fabric as Shariah Law is woven into education policies and customs.
Approximately 30,000 students in the district are currently taking Islamic education classes, and in Wiesinger’s own middle school, nearly all 300 pupils come from migrant families.
“I believe that the difference between their world at home and our world is so large that they cannot reconcile them,” Wiesinger said. “The Shariah is, for many of my students, surely superior. This is the most important thing – to be a good Muslim man or a good Muslim woman.”
“Music and dance are rejected on religious grounds. Also, fights and discussions break down more and more often along religious lines.”
She asserts that many Muslim parents deeply resent the Western educational environment, believing themselves to be superior because they are Muslims, and that they prevent their children from integrating into Austrian culture or even learning proper German.
Addendum Project followed up with the president of the Vienna School Board to investigate Wiesinger’s claims, which he dismissed as unrepresentative of the school system in a thinly veiled warning to any other teachers who might consider taking their stories to the media, before calling Wiesinger to forbid her from continuing with her exposé.
“They always warn us not to talk to the press,” Wiesinger said.
“After Wiesinger made her experiences public, she was subjected to sharp criticism — especially from her own ranks,” reports Heute.
“I can’t stand it anymore, being the hostage of party politics,” said Wiesinger in a follow-up interview with Addendum Projekt, in which she announced that she is resigning from the union.
“I’m under the impression, a very strong impression, that all will be well now, and that I don’t have to speak out anymore,” Wiesinger says. “It’s better if others take over, or that I should remove myself from the line of fire.”
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