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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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