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Last month, many Swedish teachers were putting a new emphasis on printed books, quiet reading time and handwriting practice, devoting less time to tablets, independent online research and keyboarding skills. Politicians and experts have been questioning whether the country’s hyper-digitalised approach to education, including the introduction of tablets in nursery schools, had led to a decline in basic skills. The Swedish ‘Minister for Schools‘ Lotta Edholm, who took office 11 months ago as part of a new centre-right coalition government, was one of the biggest critics of the all-out embrace of technology.

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