Translated from Information:
“A five-year child of non-Western (Danish media-slang for Muslims) parents have in average less developed empathy, are less able to cooperate and find it harder to express his feelings than a three-year child of Danish parents.
It is one of the conclusions in the report on Children’s early development and learning, which is published by a research team from the University of Aarhus, University of Southern Denmark and Ramböll. The newspaper Information has spoken with three of the researchers behind the report, which agree that the results are ‘extremely worrying’:
… On average, the non-Western children are at a level of development that is lower than the a two years younger child of Danish parents. The difference between the two groups remains significantly up to the age of five and a half years, which is the oldest group of children included in the study. There is, according to the report, no evidence to suggest that children of non-Western parents reach the Danish children’s level of competence when getting older.
The children’s social competences have been measured by means of a detailed questionnaire, where the child’s teacher must answer a number of questions. It is questions like: ‘How do the child handle a conflict?’ ‘Does it seek adults’ help or does it give it up?’ ‘Does the child show empaty care for other children if they cry or loses a toy?’ ‘Is the child able to express his feelings? ‘…
Apart from poorer social skills, the report also shows that children of non-Western parents are statistically significantly worse at speaking Danish and have inferior mathematical understanding. It is not so surprising, says Dorthe Bleses. …
Another explanation may be cultural differences, explains Hanne Nielsen: ‘It may be different perceptions of child rearing; for what is good and less good social behavior towards other children. … ‘”