Bussing of Ethnic Minority Children: Rights and Duties in Education in a Welfare and Competition State

Gro Hellesdatter Jacobsen

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    This article concerns the rights and duties of ethnic minority children in education in Denmark. More specifically, it discusses the policy of compulsory bussing of ethnic minority children based on language screenings that was legalized by the Danish Parliament in 2005. The policy concerns the meeting between citizens with an ethnic minority background and the Danish state, represented by welfare institutions, in this case public elementary schools, and changes the character of this meeting for the individuals involved. In the article, I concentrate on two rights at stake in this meeting, namely the right to free choice of school and the right – or duty? – to obtain more-equal opportunities in education. The policy creates a dilemma between these two rights and furthermore between a right and a duty to obtain better education results. The article discusses whether the bussing policy may be seen as an indication of a broader tendency for formerly established rights to be blurred and for duties to replace rights in education and in welfare more generally.
    TitelRights of Children in the Nordic Welfare States : Conceptual and Empirical Enquiries
    RedaktørerGro Hellesdatter Jacobsen
    Antal sider21
    ForlagNSU Press
    ISBN (Trykt)978-87-87564-96-0
    StatusUdgivet - 2015


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