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New Danish research: Students who do not drink alcohol at all are more likely to drop out

In culture on July 30, 2017 at 08:10

The Danish Evaluation Institute makes tons of research to ensure that Denmark remains in the front in the modern world when it comes to our education system. One of the issue which worries everyone who is in charge of a school or an entire department of education is the drop-out rate.

Now recent research shows that students have a 2 percent higher risk of dropping out if they refrain from drinking alcohol. Actually just as if they were drinking too much. Then they also have a 2 percent higher risk of dropping out.

It seems that the reason is not whether it is healthy to not drink at all or drink too much. The problem seems to be centered around the ability of socializing.

If you choose not to drink at all, you choose to isolate yourself because socializing in Denmark is very much centered about enjoying a glass of wine or beer. When young Danes socialize on daily basis, it is not about binge-drinking. Binge-drinking exists but every normal person knows that a new day awaits tomorrow. That is why most gatherings only consist of drinking what equals two or three glasses of beer.

The question whether to encourage drinking among your teenage children is not easy to answer. None is asking parents to create a strategy where they push the children in order to to find their limits. However it is clear that a total ban on alcohol is just as damaging for the childrens chances in the education system as them becoming alcoholics.

Bans do not work and it is clear that the lowering number of young Danes who become exchange students is actually a positive thing. Exposing young Danes to cultures where drinking is not allowed will only harm their chances in our education system if the become cultural infect to a level where they feel that they cannot be a part of the student community.

Source (In Danish):
Drik ud eller drop ud: Studerende, der ikke drikker alkohol, dropper oftere ud (Politiken)

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People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones

In culture on July 22, 2017 at 18:04

I was reading a story about Paula Poundstone who seems to made a kind of career in comedy. But the story I read was not funny. It was bizarre.

The story was about her sending one of her foster children into a wilderness program following by a stay in a punitive boarding school. Not because the child used drugs. Not because the child drank alcohol (which for odd reasons seem to be a problem in the United States).

No. The child was punished for intensive use of computer and internet!!

What??

In Denmark where I live you find almost no book in public schools and high schools. All homework has to be done by computer! Then the department of education by one touch can see the state of the school system in seconds. From year one in school the students have to participate in national tests one time per year as soon as they have learned the letters and numbers to their username and password.

The national tests prevent alternative curriculums and often they help shut down schools where the average test results are too poor.

When you reach 15 years of age you have to apply for NemID (Easy ID). Once you have this access you can see whatever treatment you got at any medical place, so no doctor shopping in Denmark. NemID is your only access point to the public sector. You get your own mail-box where fines, letters and receipts are sent to.

If you get robbed, do not go down to the policestation. They cannot take your report. You have to file it by computer.

What has this approach helped? Well. If you look at E-games participants, Denmark are in the lead. Both in games where you are on your own but also in games where people have to work together.

Look at results in the industry. The no longer existing Token Ring technoligy was often developed in Denmark, many of Borlands products, Skype og Microsoft Business Solution systems were partly developed with help from top-programmers in Denmark.

In Denmark using time on computers for up to 6 hours per day can become your chance breaking negative social heritage.

I wonder if Paula Poundstone knows what century she lives in. To make matters worse she decided to punish her child without the authorities intervening and we are talking about a foster-mom who already had used poor judgment one time. According to a court-ruling she endangered her children by driving under influence. Expensive lawyers made her get off with a slap on her hand.

But she is doing it again. Wilderness therapy is not safe. Wilderness therapy has claimed the lives of teenagers for many years. Since 1980 when it became fashion it has worked basically in the same manner. Teenagers are still woken in the middle of the night being put in handcuffs by private security firms specializing in kidnapping of transport of teenagers as they choose to name it.

So why did the department of social services not stop this? Why did they not remove the smaller siblings to safety? This is clearly a foster-mom out of control.

I am shocked.

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When do you become responsible when hearing about others suicide attempts

In justice on July 2, 2017 at 17:31

Having worked in various jobs for decades I have lost several co-workers to suicide. Some of them I saw coming. I knew about their misarable lives in advance. However they never confined to me when they did it because I am not the kind of person who you can go to and expect good advices from. As a taxpaying citizens having lost access to early retirement I have no surplus at all regarding the problems other people have.

I find it unfair that this Conrad Roy dude used Michelle Carter as a kind of free shrink. She was not trained to hear that. He might have had big issues as result of his stay in a treatment program which if had been inpatient can be a rather unpleasant experience in the United States – especially if the person put in the treatment program is a minor and cannot check himself out when things become rough. Issues like this require years of professional counseling to overcome. Having volunteered with human rights organizations I know that people who have been in treatment programs run by WWASP or Aspen Education Group still suffer from their stay in the programs decades later.

I cannot understand the ruling from the court. None wants to befriend a person depressed if they know that they can become legally responsible for suicides. This ruling will result in requirements like depressed need to carry a bell so they can warn up people they pass in the streets so the bystanders can remove themselves avoiding being held responsible when the person commits suicide later.

It was a really strange ruling from the court.

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