This video hits point on the fear a lot of Danish parents has these days.
There are Danish teenagers traveling down to Syria and Iraq to fight for ISIS. There are teenagers from other European countries too going in the same direction.
And Denmark is actively working to increase the number of teenagers taking this path.
In less than a year we are going to have a general election. In every country it pays to be tough on crime. Denmark is no exception from this rule.
But the strategy to achieve this is very cruel.
Starting from summer 2015 Danish students graduating Form 9 will be cut off from our high schools if they achieve less than what equals a D in the States. They cannot attend trade schools if they achieve less than what equals E in the States.
Roughly 20 percent of the students cannot make this cut. They are challenged with a non-ethnic Danish background, they come from underprivileged families. In Denmark you are born into a certain social status and you very much stay there for the rest of your lives. It is considered kind of Un-Danish if you reach up after the stars. Then you are condemned by the Jante-law. While breaking the Jante-law doesn’t result in prison terms, it very easily results in social isolation, rumors and back-talking.
These 20 percent is easy target for terrorists and criminals. The person behind the shootings in Copenhagen last month was a failure in the Danish education system. It took him directly down a path towards the terrible tragedies we experienced; Tragedies which have altered our world and removed our feelings of being safe.
The Danish politicians introduced these cuts not because too many passed high schools. In a world where technology is the future you simply cannot have too many high school graduates. And yes – 3 years can change a student from a D or E to a straight-A if the high school is based in another town where the teachers don’t know your social background.
There is time for the student to get a false address or to change name making it sound more Danish. Most elementary schools are located near your home address minimizing the need for running expensive school bus-systems. 95 percent of the students bike to school until form 9.
Fact is that many students reinvent themselves during high school or trade school. They become successes. It can only be achieved if they are allowed to start!
But what happens when young people cannot pass this wall in our education system? They leave and live of their hands. They become disappointed seeing their dreams shattered to pieces. They fail to believe in our system. Some look at ISIS and their false promises. They leave Denmark and become terrorists.
When or if they return they are facing prison terms. Here is where the general election comes into the picture. The voters go for those who promise the most severe sentences and longest prison terms. It is sick because if they had been allowed to continue to study they would graduate and seek jobs.
So thank you Dakota Johnson. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to write this article putting focus on a problem too severe to ignore!!