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When you want fewer to pass high school

In culture on December 30, 2014 at 17:02

In Denmark our parliament is busy trying to get fewer kids through high school. Our parliament is worried that too many focus of academic achievement. They want more Danes to choose manual labor as their line of business.

I don’t get this. I saw an article on the Internet regarding Dallas in Texas where the citizens are suing the authorities because the children can be labeled criminals if they don’t pass high school. Why is one part of the world trying to get more kids through high school and another country fewer kids through high school.

In Denmark truancy is almost gone. The main weapon use is Friday Bars on high school campuses where they students can socialize after classes over a beer or a glass of wine. The students gain friendships and some even life-long social network they use when changing jobs in the future.

The teenagers in Denmark want to go to high school despite the fact that many of them comes from working glass families where they are not trained at home to study and they cannot reach out to their parents because many of them don’t have the education which enables them to help their children. Private mentors and experts are hired by Danish parents because the study halls introduced last week for students attending form 1 to form 9 can only help average students. If students want to achieve the grade 10 or 12 which equals A in the US they need a boost from outside. It can be academically trained parents or hired help in town.

The social heritage is unbeatable. The students pass high school but for what purpose? The Danish parliament knows that. That’s why they are working to prevent those with the lowest grades in form 9 to enter High School steering them toward trade school or if they are totally cast-outs toward as a career as SOSU-assistants (who takes care of elderlies, mental patients and non-medically work in Hospitals.)

I fail to understand why a town like Dallas doesn’t do the same introducing the Friday bars. The results speak for themselves. Students will attend high schools in such numbers that you will have to introduce various precautions to keep some of them away.


Was Cross Creek programs and High Impact abusive in their nature?

In culture on December 27, 2014 at 14:52

Now and then I get a newsletter from Domestic Prisoners of Conscience. The latest one speak of a reputation war going on between former students from Cross Creek programs, which was a therapeutic boarding school in Gt. George in Utah.

The question is: Was this boarding school an abusive place? Was High Impact, which was a boot camp in Mexico Cross Creek and other therapeutic boarding schools used as punishment for students they could not control abusive also?

High Impact
(There is a sequence about High Impact 1:05 into the video)

High Impact was not in operation for very long – only a year or two before the government in Mexico decided to close it down. If you google High Impact you will find YouTube videos and photos of teenagers tied on hands and feet lying on the ground in dog cages. While offensive for parents in Europe and most families in the States it was a normal boot camp of its kind as they are found both in the Middle East, Missouri where they can operate due to relaxed laws allowing basically everything going on as long as it is done with a religious purpose. And of course also in Mexico where the central government since the days of Porfirio Diaz has not been in control of anything going on outside the capital.

Is it abusive to tie teenagers down on the ground for hours? Is it abusive to force the teenagers to do number one in the pants while they are running laps as punishment because the point system would punish them for using the toilet more than once per day?

You can find statements about how the camp was operated from people who never went to Cross Creek because the camp also took teenagers in directly from the parents who the parents felt would benefit from a shock treatment.

Personally I believe that the High Impact component was abusive. I know that the management of WWASP who ran the chain of boarding schools and residential treatment centers, Cross Creek belonged to has stated that they had no idea of what took place at High Impact. The problem is that they visited the camp. Unless they were blind they knew what went on back then.

Cross Creek programs

(A former student defending the school)

Then there is the question about Cross Creek. Remember the students were not sent there because they had broken the laws. It was not a court decision. It was a parental decision. There are many parents out there who are angry at the school for the use of false marketing. One of the students who supports the boarding school are right when she states that the parents could have investigated the place before they enrolled their child at the school. She is right. Do never trust anything you read on the Internet about how fine the school is. Do also never trust parents who tell that the school was wonderful for their child because they can earn a free month on the school if they come with a customer.

You have to visit the school yourself. You have to look between the lines. You cannot trust the students if you are allowed to talk with them. They will most likely have been promised an extra home-visit or advancement in the program if they act fine.

What you can do is to refuse periods of isolation when you child start at the school. Demand weekly unmonitored talks and agree on a code-word with your child so you will know when your child is subjected to censoring.

One of the students who speak out for Cross Creek states that addicts and prostitutes need punishment. She cannot be more wrong. To treat a teenage addict or prostitute you have to know what took this teenager on this path. Torture and other kind of pressure don’t work. We know that from the recent report regarding method used on terrorists. Information achieved by the use of torture was of no better quality than information achieved by the use of ordinary police work. If pressure and torture don’t work on terrorists why should work on young addicts.

You have to gain trust to cure an addict. In Denmark we have a very successful program for addicts called U-turn. The teenagers come willingly. Most to get their abuse under control and continue to use, but they realize somewhere in the process that drugs are of such a poor quality that they cannot do that and their lives would be better off if they quit drug-use all together.

(Another former student defending the school)

Some states that Cross Creek and similar schools were the product of Clinton’s 3-strike laws. They could very well be right. No parent want their child to end up in prison serving life and if life and decades of prison are given for other crimes than murder you have a population of parents placed in permanent fear because teenagers are supposed to act out. Otherwise they will be a huge risk of suffering from depression.

Look at Denmark: Young Danes can drink alcohol when they are 16. They can have sex when they are 15. They can watch all the porn they like. Still the youth have become less criminal and teenage pregnancies are rare. The present generation of teenagers is the most law-abetting sober citizens’ maybe ever, but they are also the most depressive generation ever. They focus on high grades and record pace through the education system well-knowing that they might never reach the pension-age which has been sky-rocketing meaning that they will live a life without fun! To realize that you will live a life to service and die only will cause depression.

No society can bear that the next generation will face no future. At some point the teenagers will stop and rebel. Then the society must offer other alternatives than life in prison. Otherwise boarding schools like Cross Creek will occur again even despite the fact that they did their job so poorly that they ran out of customers and closed.

Fact is that Cross Creek closed not because the times changed. Cross Creek closed because they didn’t do a good job. There was nobody who was saved by Cross Creek. The students who did better after a stay just matured just as good as if they had been sent to normal juvenile prison. Cross Creek was a prison disguised as a boarding school.

The so-called emotional growth program was a joke. 60 years of research in Denmark have shown us that the social heritage more than hard effort and good grades decide whether a student ha success or not. In Denmark the students are paid to attend universities. It doesn’t result in a massive number of students with foreign heritage or working class background attends the universities. The students who make it to the universities are students from homes where the parents have academically background; Families who knows the drill and know how to prioritize the time in elementary and high schools.

You cannot instill success in people. Human resource consists basically 5 minutes of talk every year and a beer after work every Friday. People are born to be kings and queens or ordinary working class people. It you push young people into being someone they are not, the result can be disastrous. A massive number of suicides are found among the graduates from Cross Creek and similar programs. The tragedies cover young adults who found it difficult to adapt the life they found inside the boarding school to something useful on the outside.

    • So you have this school doing all the wrong things making young people believe that they can achieve in life what they reach out for regardless of their social background.
    • You have this school using force against the students to achieve what they believe is right.
    • You have this school which failed to subject their sub-contractors like High Impact to any kind of supervision.

Was Cross Creek programs abusive? What is your answer?

You can only give up so much of your culture

In culture on December 26, 2014 at 17:37

A Danish Exchange Student won a case against an agency when he was sent home from Utah after having watched porn on his computer.

The Agency (Speak Education) had to pay the exchange student DKK 74,420 because they sent the student to the teen lockdown of the United States instead of the more liberal and progressive Colorado.

Remember this student had agreed to volunteer so much of his culture already:

  • Young Danes can drink alcohol legally as long as the alcohol percentage is below the safe limit of 16.5
  • Instead of spending time in a foreign school where he cannot earn credits which he can use in the more superior Danish education system, he made the choice to spent time abroad knowing that the Danish department of Education would not recognize credits earned in the United States
  • He had made the choice to live isolated in return to study foreign culture. There are no friday bars at foreign high schools where the students can socialize over a beer or a glass of wine which makes it almost impossible to get friends and a network.
  • He had chosen not to maintain close relationship with his boy- or girl-friend depending of his choice of gender
  • He had chosen to live apart from his family and be with them during holidays and birthdays.

There is almost nothing left to give up. So why bother how he spends his private time on his computer?

Because he came to the one state in the United States where youth is a crime. Utah is known for its wilderness programs which kills teenagers. It is known for its lockdown boarding school where teenagers are punished for everyday activitites normal in the rest of the civilized world.

Utah is no place for a young Dane.

So please be careful as parents if you consider to ship your child abroad as exchange students.

Stævner udvekslings-bureau: 17-årig smidt hjem fra USA for at se porno (TV2 – in danish language)

When Microsoft slaughtered the Goose which laid the Golden eggs, my world was impacted

In business culture on December 23, 2014 at 18:15

I work with logistic in a small firm in Jutland. Yesterday our management called us together to inform us that the owners will seek retirement and the various activities will be sold off. The reason is that our present ERP-system and various other IT-systems vital for our daily operations have grown too old and the costs of upgrading will be too huge for the firm to continue.

Our management gave us all a report for the history of our IT-systems and the raise of costs over the last 20 years which have led them to the conclusion that it is over.

Most of our systems are Microsoft system.

The center of our system is a 5 year old Microsoft Dynamics C5. We are 30 users who can be on this system at the same time.

Over the years there have been a number of adjustments to the system. A rather expensive module for our sales representatives were purchases some years ago for DKK 25,000. They have struggled with this system. It was far more expensive than our old system which was a Sirkel Data system costing only DKK 8,000. The Sales people had to run faster so they could compensate for the increased costs.

Also C5 has a great system for salaries. Costly compared to the old C4 system but very good.

We started to use C5 when the old C4 was no longer supported. I remember that it was one of first systems we started to use when I came to the company. It did cost a lot but when made the use possible and profitable was the low maintaining cost allowing us to receive upgrades for our 30 users system for about DKK 5,000. That was a price level where the profit you can generate in our business could cover the costs.

During our time with C5 these costs began to increase. It became difficult for us to generate profit. An ERP-system might be important but it must also not cost that much due to the high tax system in Denmark.

Microsoft retired the old C5 product this year. They replaced it with a product with the same name but with a NAV core which is a bigger system. Too big in fact for about 70 percent of Danish companies like us!

Most Danish firms will never outgrow either the old C5 or the new C5. So when we so to say are forced out of the old C5 there is no alternative.

We were thinking of one the Competitors to Microsoft – E-conomis. But our management heard that they adjusted or rather doubled their prices last month shutting themselves off the market. We customers have memory. We learned the hard way that costs of ERP-programs can explode over the years. By doubling their prices they have stopped an expansion before it started.

There are other systems on the market but when they are hosted like most systems today what kind of guarantees do we have to protect us against these exploding costs?


To keep up with all these new products we would have to invest in a time where the world is in crisis. Our management would not go that far. I totally understand them. It is the biggest crisis worldwide since the 1930’s. The only path of survival is to downsize and wait for better times. It is really important to sit on your wallet and wait!

The classic C5 was a golden egg for Microsoft and for all the local IT-specialists who supported the product. The new kind of software is not made for modern firms. It has a lot of potential but with no money allocated to local businesses who could aid us too pricy curses in NAV there is no option to upgrade.

Our management has introduce a long term place where we would terminate people as orders dry out and the C5 will be kept running by one of the present employees where others will seek new jobs. I have spoken with them and they will try to find a new work as soon as possible but it would not be easy as education in newer systems like NAV is too expensive or any person outside the IT-industry to participate in.

Microsoft slaughtered the Goose which laid the Golden Eggs because they never really understood the Danish business structure with small firms and the stationary workforce, who don’t like to travel far to get help.

Was George Stinney cleared

In culture on December 21, 2014 at 21:40

If you read the verdict and what the prosecution has stated, he was not.

What the court stated was that the work of his defense was average common found as it is even today when it comes to non-violent cases where a number of probation violations have piled up because the probation requirements makes it impossible for anyone to pass them.

And when the death penalty is in play the defense should be better than average.

I have already written a blog entry about how it is better to raise your child to a world where it is not common to take responsibility if you have the money than use the justice system and social system to help you raising your child choosing the path of right and justice.

But another case has recently been in the media. An actor who have been during the ordinary thing in his childhood acting out, got a sentence, found God and done good wants his felony conviction to disappear. When he was a poor teenager he got an average defense in a hate crime case where a person lost his eye or at least it was what the prosecution let the media know back then. Now the victim has gone public stating that his injuries were not a result of the crime. I would not go so far to claim that money has been involved to alter the story.

But what I am claiming is that this case once again is a question about money. Had the actor not done well he would have tried to make the old conviction go away. Now he has the lawyers to go through with such a case. Should he be pardoned because he has become rich?

The George Stinney case is important for us even today as people are released every year from the death row because some groups with money find the cases where an average defense has been given the defendant in a death penalty case. The question is how any society can secure a defendant a better defense in cases where they death penalty can come in play. Should it be a part of the plea bargain process? “If you don’t take this deal, we will seek the death penalty and we will provide you with better lawyers as consequence”

Court systems are often a question about money. In Denmark it is civil cases where rich corporations, insurance companies and the public sector can dry ordinary citizens out so they as well have to give up before the case goes to trial.

My prayers go to the family of George Stinney left behind but also to the families of 11 year old Betty June Binnicker and 8 year old Mary Emma Thames who now never will learn who took their children away from them. If George Stinney was in fact innocent there has been a double murderer walking freely around us since. We can only guess if more victims have lost their lives as result of his poor defense and poor policework.


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