Rotsne

Posts Tagged ‘exchange student’

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)

A forgotten state

In culture on March 28, 2016 at 06:07

I read a news story about a reality star being sentenced to jail for DUI. Nothing new there but a little digging showed that I have overlooked one state in the United States. West Virginia seems to consist of people living almost the same as the good young Danes. OK. Maybe a little wilder but it is a TV-show and they make it just a little more extreme.

The TV-show Buckwild shows how West Virginia’s finest live.

It impressed me.

In a time where we all fear that our young men and women redraw from the friday bars in our high schools in order to go home and start their computer only waiting for a heathen to look them up online and start to radicalized them, we parent tend to look for places on the earth where values we encourage, are embrased. Here West Virginia and the typical citizens shown in the TV-show suddenly become a place we parents can recommend safely for our sons and daughters.

Only thing is that I fear that they might not have a good network of public transportation and it worries me as a parent if that is the case. Good young Danes drink some alcohol and they know very early on that you cannot combine drinking and driving. Young Danes start drinking alcohol at their confirmation at age 14 or 15. They have at least 3 years to learn how alcohol impact them before they can start applying for a driving license. Many Danes don’t because they are realistic and know that they cannot combine their lifestyle with too much mobility. That is also why most firms seldom move more than 5 kilometers to a new address if they either downsize or grow out of place at their current address because they know that they would lose employees who cannot follow them because they have no access to a car.

But as I said above. Buckwild has opened a new state across the Atlantic as a tourist destination. Any Dane aged 21 or more could find it an interesting place to visit. Younger Danes just have to wait. The Danish department of education will not grant credits to exchange students because the high schools in West Virginia lack the social dimension which is also important for students and it requires a friday bar where the students can socialize over a beer or a glass of wine after school. Maybe it will change one day when they become wiser. But it doesn’t change the fact that West Virginia seems to be an interesting place to visit.

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.

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

Reply to a blog about exchange students

In culture on December 12, 2013 at 18:43

I saw this blog about exchange students written by a host mother from another country. I wrote the following comment on the blog:

We as Danes believe that the discipline measures are too much for young Danes to spend a year abroad because how would it benefit them when they return?

First and foremost the credits achieved in the United States and a lot other countries by exchange students are not acknowledged in the Danish Education system. The level Danish students are taught on is simply too high so the students would have wasted a year academically when they return home and have to start high school year behind the classmates who stayed behind. The Department of education in Denmark focuses on teaching Danish students as whole people involving educating them in social live and not just study pages for tests.

That is why they have Friday bars in Danish high schools where the students can enjoy a beer after school. It teaches the students to socialize and it provides a kind of security precaution needed when you cannot hide behind an ocean from the groups of terrorists behind the 9/11 tragedy. Suicide bombers don’t drink alcohol due to the heathen nature of their beliefs. Having students drinking on campus makes the possible threats stick out when they don’t join rest of the student body in the social activities.

So I have to ask: Would an exchange student experience not teach the students to isolate themselves? Of course, they will face difficulties to re-integrate themselves in our society. It would be a kind of reverse culture shock.

Don’t take me wrong. Stealing is wrong. Any student who steals from hardworking employees who pay more than 50 percent in income-taxes (as we do in Denmark) deserves to be sent back to the country of the student’s origin. Also there is the drugs issue. Drugs are in some cultures what alcohol is in Denmark. In stressful times people seems to need something to forget the world and when the obvious choice is not there due to legislation drugs are chosen because they are just as forbidden but easier to hide. That is how we see the drug problem in the United States. It is a self-inflicted problem caused by restrictions on alcohol. It is why the parliament in Denmark ordered a research into what percentage which would be safe for minors and the law in Denmark which is a purchase law stated 14.5 percent as the safe limit. Anyone aged 16 can buy alcohol with a percentage below 14.5

We do understand that we cannot ask other countries to accept our customs for Danish exchange students even considering the facts that the safe limit is scientifically proven. We cannot ask other countries to allow sex between teenagers when they are aged 15 as well. And Danish exchange students have been sent home for breaking both rules. We cannot ask exchange organizations to do background checks on host families either. This year an exchange student was bribed and threatened not to report about corporal punishment against small children even if it would result in her being convicted of obstructing the justice. There have been cases where the host parents have forced exchange students to sleep with them. But we understand that exchange student organization also have to earn money and home homes will be approved when the local supervisor have personal contacts and money involved. We cannot ask host countries to do anything about the issues mentioned above. It is not Denmark. It is another country with another juridical jurisdiction.

So what we have started is websites to inform and warn Danish teenagers from becoming exchange students. We will collect all the testimonies and new coverage where the exchange student experience has been bad. Only then can the number of exchange students being sent home be reduced.

The blog I commented on
The Rules are the Rules …. or, We Mean What We Say and We Say What We Mean (The Exchange Mom Blog)

Danish Exchange student forced not to testify of abusive corporal punishment

In culture on September 16, 2013 at 06:27

A Danish exchange student was placed in a family in Colorado. Within a few days she was a nerve-wreck and had to be helped to another family by the local police.

She had been witness to abusive corporal punishment used against the children in the host family. So severe that the local police found it right so remove her from the family at once. Why was she shocked? Because it has been forbidden to use corporal punishment against children in Denmark for more than 10 years. No reason can justify it according to the Danish politicians. It is not about how to translate “Spare the rod” and all this God nonsense. I believe that a God who speaks of mercy and compassion in no way would allow corporal punishment.

It was good that the local police helped her. However what the exchange student agency did was totally unacceptable. They forced the girl to sign a letter where she would be silent about her experiences.

Did they know what they were doing? First they interfere with a police investigation. Second they put the Danish exchange student into harm’s way. In the United States it is for unknown reasons a crime to lie to the police. In Denmark it is only a crime to lie in court. The Danish police are used to be faced with a lie and there is no reason to fill prisons with persons based just because they lie.

The Danish Exchange student could have faced a year in jail. Instead she did the only thing left as an option for her. She returned to Denmark.

Her parents sued the exchange student agency for DKK 50,000. They won and the authorities stated that the exchange student agency and their partner in the United States committed an error.

But what about the next time?

  • Is it safe to send your children abroad? This case proves that it is not.
  • Is there something to learn from a stay abroad. Academically there is nothting to learn according to the Danish Department of Education. Their high shools have no Friday bars, so there is no chance of a emotional and social growth in their schools, so credits are denied.

Parents. Be careful about allowing your child to study abroad. So much could go wrong and there is so little to gain.

Sources:

When far from home

When you are not home, you are not you

Uddannelse til ingenting

om mit liv efter uddannelse og inden jeg forhåbentlig snart kan stoppe med at arbejde igen

Jack1993's Weblog

Just another WordPress.com weblog

Sex and Other Four Letter Words...

Stories and Essays seeking Truth through Controversy

Missing TTI Victims Teens

Victimized Teens missing as result of the Troubled Teens Industry

Henrik Hansen's blog

Henrik Hansen's blog on everything and everybody

Søren Hansens blog

It's my life.

Jens Sørensens blog - tanker fra et eksil

Studerende og bitter i en afkrog fjernt fra civilisationen

Little Wordlings

Poetry, Science and other Wordlings

Ude er godt men hjemme er bedst

En side for dem som overvejer at leve og studere i udlandet

birthe1951

Birthe født i 1951 - om mit liv og mine holdninger

Bentes hjemmeblog's Blog

Lidt om vores families liv

Today a child died

Statements about how the world is seen from Denmark

WordPress.com

WordPress.com is the best place for your personal blog or business site.