January 11 2011 a Dragon Boat with 13 students and 2 teachers capsized in icy waters.
1 teacher died.
The teacher was trained by the Royal Danish Navy and was one of our finest. He had the potential to make it to admiral but due to defense cuts he left the navy and made a choice to be a teacher instead.
Why did they sail when several of the students were poor swimmers and they knew that?
Because it might have been possible to achieve success!
Some years ago a plane from the Royal Danish Navy crashed when the present commander in chief forced the pilots to land at Vágar Airport. The chance of success was slim but had they achieved their goal it would have been a strategic victory for the high command which could have added to the legacy of our Navy.
However the landing attempt failed and all onboard the plane died – including the Admiral. Today he is remembered as a person who aimed at the highest standard.
It is the same for deceased school teacher. He wanted to show the world that he could push the students past the potential their social heritage would have given them. In Denmark it doesn’t matter whether you get good grades in school or not. It doesn’t matter whether you work hard or not. Your potential is given to you at the birth. The children aim at missions in life based on the lives their parents had.
Social heritage is good because it results in a stabile society where it for people takes generations for them to reach the top in our society. It makes it difficult for fraudsters to cheat people because they know who you can trust and who you cannot.
This system was under attack by types of teachers like the deceased and motivation speakers. Had his work been a success it could have destabilized the Danish society. While I am happy that he didn’t succeed, I am sorry for his wife and children who were left behind.
The school management is trying to make him looking like a loose cannon working outside the school managements control. I don’t believe the school management. Too many knew that they took the boats out for a trip. Too many saw them. Too many could have stopped him. It is however a case for the court to decide who is lying in this case. I would not pass judgment.
However I believe that Danish parents should be much more careful and keep their teenagers home instead of sending them to such kinds of boarding schools. Avoiding punishment was the main focus of the student body. The teacher and the student manual made it a strict school not suited for most Danish Teenagers. I would urge parents to be very careful about sending the children away. I would certainly not do it.
About the accident (Wikipedia)