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Journal of Controversial Ideas

The Fatal Conceit: Swedish Education after Nazism

Journal Article
Heller Sahlgren, Gabriel and Johan Wennström (2022). “The Fatal Conceit: Swedish Education after Nazism”. Journal of Controversial Ideas 2(1), 9.

Gabriel Heller Sahlgren, Johan Wennström

In the aftermath of the Second World War, Sweden dismantled an education system that was strongly influenced by German, Neo-Humanist pedagogical principles in favor of a progressive, student-centered system. This article suggests this was in large part due to a fatal misinterpretation of the education policy on which Nazism was predicated.