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What will be the next move for Lars Henrik Wollebekk?

In Uncategorized on January 13, 2018 at 07:24

Lars Henrik Wollebekk was the sole owner of Speak Holding, which again controlled a number of firms which arranged exchange student trips for young Danes who naive and without knowledge of the world wish to experience culture and countries outside Denmark.

The Department of Education in Denmark is very clear on that point. You cannot receive credits from a year taken on any high school outside Denmark because the superior high school system in Denmark has a social element. They have friday bars where students can enjoy a beer or a glass of wine after school bringing students together and minimize the risk of students dropping out.

This social factor is an important component in our education in Danish culture and cuisine. Without it, it is very much the same as not going to school at all.

So exchange students always come back and will start school a year behind their old classmates.

If the loss of an important year during the rite of passage towards adulthood wasn’t enough, scandals has surrounded the exchange student industry. Young Danes have been sent back because they did trivial things like watching porn on their own Ipads or Laptops. One thing is that they cannot drink alcohol outside Denmark because youthhood in some countries are considered a crime. Another thing is that they cannot date and have sex because the other countries do not start sex education at age 10 like we do in Denmark, so we can avoid teenage pregnancies. But not being able to even enjoy the sight of others at that age is terrible.

Lars Henrik Wollebekk’s firm has been in the media where young Danes had negative experiences outside. I will go as far as calling firms as his a menace against preserving our small and vulnerable culture. Our children do not need to learn about the outside world as the outside world has not done us any good. Our children need to remain inside their comfort zone.

As a volunteer for Domestic Prisoners of Conscience I know how damaging foreign schools can be against students. We are talking suicide, post traumatic stress disorder and even deaths. No young Danes need to be exposed to that.

That is why the news of his firms being likvidated are good news. However I fear that the likvidation process is only a strategy to avoid paying for lawsuits.

That is why I will give the message that we will monitor any move, he might consider going back into the business.

In Denmark we do not need exchange student agencies who facilitate sending our children from our superiour culture to the second-rated world outside.

Lars Henrik Wollebekk – we will be watching you and any other person who want to abuse young Danes with naive beliefs. This line of business is not needed in Denmark !!!

Source:
Various articles about his network of companies

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Speak Education loses every credibility

In business culture on September 19, 2017 at 20:24

I have mentioned a case where a Danish exchange student was sent home because he watched porn while he was in Utah as exchange student.

They lost very clearly when the lawsuit was handled by the High Court of Eastern Denmark.

Because they had a confidential agreement in their contract they were able to limit their loss in court but the ruling is very clear: Watching porn as a Danish teenager is a so integrated part of growing up that the contract needs to point out that it is not allowed while the teenager is out of the country. If you are a host parent and wish that this type of activity should not happen in your house, I recommend that you approach your organization and tell them that you do not want to house a teenager from Denmark.

The teenagers who are thinking of wasting a year academically should be informed very clearly what they miss out on. The Danish department of education does not recognize foreign high schools. The academic standard in Denmark is way higher compared with the host countries. Exchange students start a year behind the teenagers they went to school with before they left for their stay abroad.

Speak Education or Language Education Danmark, Go Speak, Aspect High School, Speak High School as they sometime operate as should have realized that they robbed this young teenager of normal behaviors he was acustomed to when they published him for watching porn.

I do not know what kind of business they pretend to run but working with young vulnerable teenagers are certainly not a job they are qualified to be in.

I hope that they realize that they are in the wrong business and shot down.

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)

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