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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.


2017 this evilness still occur

In culture on May 27, 2017 at 07:51

I love my wife. I am a man. She is a woman. That is how we have decided to live our lives. It is perhaps the correct for some and not for others. However how we live is ours business. We don’t care who we live. We don’t care how others live.

If people live together man and man or woman and woman, it is their decision. We don’t care.

However someone cares for unknown reason. I believe that is wrong. People should have the ability to choose freely when it comes to a partner if both partners are adult and agree.

I learned that people in Utah still believe that they can change how people live.

Yes. Here in 2017 people are not better informed. It is bizarre.

Also having fun for your self seems to be sinful. I also believe that is wrong. There were periods in my life where I was busy with schooling and career. Should I avoid fun? Should I seek up a person just to have fun for one night? Why not play with your self instead?

Years ago a young boy killed himself because people told him it was sinful to enjoy himself. It was awful. The church should have been sued to their last penny.

Here are some articles about this subject. It is awful reading.

A predicted tragedy

In culture on December 23, 2016 at 06:53

A ranch-worker lost his life at Turn-about Ranch, which is one of the asylums mentioned in relationship with the Dr. Phil show. Recently a girl was sent there after one of the shows.

A confrontable setting ensures drama and it was really a question of time before such a tragedy happened. The teenagers are not stupid but many lacks the capacity to plan for long-term goals. If you only planned for the today, wouldn’t you switch for a nice warm prison cell instead of being forced to sit in the open exposed to the sunlight? Wouldn’t you eat the crappy prison food instead of having to drink water from a creek and cold unprepared food because you lack the skill to make fire on your own? Wouldn’t you like to sleep in a warm cell instead of a cold cabin where even the sleeping bag are not working because the employees at the ranch has purposely destroyed the zippers so they can search the sleeping bags more easily? Wouldn’t you like 23 hours of privacy, TV-access instead of having people running around placing you in stress positions in a small circle of stones until you confess to whatever your parents ordered the employees to pressure you to confess to?

There was a reason for the escape attempt and the tragic attack, which lead to the death of an employee.

It was a tragic death, which was something, which could have been prevented by stopping the activities at the ranch.

Now a family lost a parent. A boy will spend many years in prison because he is an outsider from another state properly not even sharing the same belief as the people around the ranch. Not even the best lawyers can save him in this state.

This case proves once again that there is a high cost to pay for people who were treated against their will. No addiction can be so bad that you cannot wait until the person discover on own terms that the time has come to stop the addiction and move on. Yes, opportunities in life might be missed while the addiction is bad but then which opportunities? We know in Denmark that not even when you work hard and you have the skills success is ensured. If you are born from poor parents, immigration and foreign students has robbed our system blind so student grants are cut to such an extend that education and access to the good jobs are simply not possible. None should be forced to establish debt in order to get an education.

Instead people should try to settle with what they got and live like the teenagers. Tomorrow a car can hit you. Tomorrow the government can prevent your path towards the education system. Tomorrow the government can cut early retirement and stop what you might have been saving for the last 20 years. Life is like a boxing match and sometime you just have to take the punches like they come. So if your children isolate themselves instead of going out to drink in order to socialize with the other teenagers, accept it.

In Denmark teenagers who are not drinking so much that they are close collapsing being the troubled teens everyone are concerned about. The concern is caused by a case from Kundby where a 16-year-old girl isolated herself only to be arrested shortly before the bombs she had built were to explode at certain schools. Parents try to push their children into the nightlife so they do not built bombs and do not drive Lorries into Christmas market as outside terrorist try to make the teenagers do over the Internet. However, what is the chance that a girl or a boy is radicalized over the Internet? Should Denmark remove all teenagers who are introvert or simply have too many cat-like teddy bears in their room when they are teenagers? No – of course not. They should simply let the children live their life and talk with them from time to time, so the children experience counteraction against the arguments on the Internet. A hands off policy will enable even the quiet children to have a good life with pressure all the time.

The articles from Utah mentioned that the boy, who committed the attack suffered from some kind of addiction. Certainly, his parents regret that they just did not let things go instead of sending him to Utah. It is really a question of sacrifice. It is a question about using the scorched earth strategy. Remove anything from your home, which can enable the addiction. Not only from the room of your child but also from the rest of the house. Provide a roof and plenty of food. At some point, the person with the addiction will reach out for help. Then there are plenty of professional treatment programs both in-patient and outpatient where the addict enjoy a professional treatment in comfortable surroundings. Cure is assured.


A very special woman has died

In culture on January 7, 2015 at 22:59

It is with extreme sadness that I have learned that a young woman in Florida is no more.

Her entire life has been a struggle. If life was supposed to be fair her story should have had a happy ending but real life doesn’t promise a Hollywood ending. Her only comfort was that she near her end was surrounded by people who loved her.

Child tied down inside the High Impact boot camp in Tecate, Mexico

Born into this life with a brain injury she faced challenged from the very start. Advised by so-called professionals who claimed to have found perfect residential programs which could improve her life, she was sent to Cross Creek programs in La Verkin, Utah. When the amateurs who ran this asylum couldn’t handle her they sent her to High Impact – a program so abusive that the government in Mexico closed it down as soon they found out it existed.

Her story is the story of an approach to treatment which could only exist because there were very poor sources for those who wanted to turn every rock on the treatment program they would send their child to. Conmen knew that. Just to make sure they found isolated small cities where they could be the large employers and let everyone know that a closure of their business could impact the economy of the entire community severely. So despite how abusive the program was and regardless of how involved workers became in the abuse none dared to blow the whistle out of fear that they not only endangered their own job but also the job of their neighbors, friends and family living in the same town.

Cross Creek Programs in La Verkin, Utah. The windows are only for show and cannot be opened.

Cross Creek Programs in La Verkin, Utah. The windows are only for show and cannot be opened.

I doubt that her parents visited Cross Creek wandering freely around the campus speaking to staff and their daughter unmonitored just after she was enrolled in the treatment center. I doubt that they ever visited her in the boot camp in Mexico. If they weren’t allowed to see every place their daughter went to, how could they protect her adopted daughter?

That is the difference between the situation in the late 1990’s and early years after year 2000 and now. Today we have the internet. Every residential program today is held accountable by their former patients the very day the residents can leave the treatment program and testify online. This possibility alone has saved lives. It has closed programs – entire business corporations employing thousands of people have been closed down.

WWASP is gone. CEDU is gone. Aspen Education Group is crippled thanks to brave former patients who spoke about their experiences. Unimaginable destinies detailing abuse on a level were even the show trials in the eastern part of Europe cleansing the political environment of all opposition to communism seemed conducted on a dilettante level compared to the methods used in programs under the WWASP umbrella.

Brainwashing would actually be a nice word for the actions which took place at Cross Creek programs and High Impact. Criminal prosecution has been impossible because people voting for sheriffs and judges still are thankful for the jobs they had before the truth came out. Numerous lawsuits have been killed in courts on state level. If the former patients ever should be given some kind of peace and end only a federal investigation could do the job.

There are many adults living with the same emotional scars as she had to live with because she went to Cross Creek. There are also a lot of adult who are so blessed with a brain which protect them from remembering the most abusive experiences during their stay in these programs. Unfortunately she wasn’t so lucky. She remembered what she was exposed to. The burden combined with psychical issues which tormented her in the proved too much to overcome.

She did not struggle through life without impacting other people. Her testimony could prove to be a savior for teenagers in the next generations belonging to families seeking residential treatment. Now parents know that they have to demand access to their child from the very first day. They know that they have to visit every department the program have and listen to gossip in town. They know that they have to do the same for sub-contractors the treatment program use. They know that they have to be very careful sending their children abroad to countries where treatment programs are allowed to cut corners.

Every program from previous decades has their memorial site where former patients have opted out on life long before it was their time. Straight Inc. – the huge rehab program from the 1980’s and 1990’s have almost endless lists of former patients who have died in their 20s or 30s. The programs WWASP and Aspen Education Group established a decade later has lists of former patients dying young so they will unfortunately soon catch up. The emotional scars have proven too severe to live with and the programs have cleaned both college and retirement funds up so there are no money left for aftercare and treatment of the emotional scars. The result is often death.

Are there still programs around which could endanger future generations of teenagers? Yes. They have found safe haven in states like Missouri and Utah where they hide behind their religious status. Humanitarian organizations are watching them. Sometime they are able to stress a facility to close or move but it is a long and hard struggle. On improved legislation can protect children and the work is in progress. Hopefully we in the future would be able to put a stop to such programs.

For now we can only offer our prayers to her relatives and friends left behind and offer our promises that we will continue our work to wipe out programs function like Cross Creek and High Impact did. May she find peace where she is now.

Obituary – Elizabeth May (Liz) Weaver

Was Cross Creek programs and High Impact abusive in their nature?

In culture on December 27, 2014 at 14:52

Now and then I get a newsletter from Domestic Prisoners of Conscience. The latest one speak of a reputation war going on between former students from Cross Creek programs, which was a therapeutic boarding school in Gt. George in Utah.

The question is: Was this boarding school an abusive place? Was High Impact, which was a boot camp in Mexico Cross Creek and other therapeutic boarding schools used as punishment for students they could not control abusive also?

High Impact
(There is a sequence about High Impact 1:05 into the video)

High Impact was not in operation for very long – only a year or two before the government in Mexico decided to close it down. If you google High Impact you will find YouTube videos and photos of teenagers tied on hands and feet lying on the ground in dog cages. While offensive for parents in Europe and most families in the States it was a normal boot camp of its kind as they are found both in the Middle East, Missouri where they can operate due to relaxed laws allowing basically everything going on as long as it is done with a religious purpose. And of course also in Mexico where the central government since the days of Porfirio Diaz has not been in control of anything going on outside the capital.

Is it abusive to tie teenagers down on the ground for hours? Is it abusive to force the teenagers to do number one in the pants while they are running laps as punishment because the point system would punish them for using the toilet more than once per day?

You can find statements about how the camp was operated from people who never went to Cross Creek because the camp also took teenagers in directly from the parents who the parents felt would benefit from a shock treatment.

Personally I believe that the High Impact component was abusive. I know that the management of WWASP who ran the chain of boarding schools and residential treatment centers, Cross Creek belonged to has stated that they had no idea of what took place at High Impact. The problem is that they visited the camp. Unless they were blind they knew what went on back then.

Cross Creek programs

(A former student defending the school)

Then there is the question about Cross Creek. Remember the students were not sent there because they had broken the laws. It was not a court decision. It was a parental decision. There are many parents out there who are angry at the school for the use of false marketing. One of the students who supports the boarding school are right when she states that the parents could have investigated the place before they enrolled their child at the school. She is right. Do never trust anything you read on the Internet about how fine the school is. Do also never trust parents who tell that the school was wonderful for their child because they can earn a free month on the school if they come with a customer.

You have to visit the school yourself. You have to look between the lines. You cannot trust the students if you are allowed to talk with them. They will most likely have been promised an extra home-visit or advancement in the program if they act fine.

What you can do is to refuse periods of isolation when you child start at the school. Demand weekly unmonitored talks and agree on a code-word with your child so you will know when your child is subjected to censoring.

One of the students who speak out for Cross Creek states that addicts and prostitutes need punishment. She cannot be more wrong. To treat a teenage addict or prostitute you have to know what took this teenager on this path. Torture and other kind of pressure don’t work. We know that from the recent report regarding method used on terrorists. Information achieved by the use of torture was of no better quality than information achieved by the use of ordinary police work. If pressure and torture don’t work on terrorists why should work on young addicts.

You have to gain trust to cure an addict. In Denmark we have a very successful program for addicts called U-turn. The teenagers come willingly. Most to get their abuse under control and continue to use, but they realize somewhere in the process that drugs are of such a poor quality that they cannot do that and their lives would be better off if they quit drug-use all together.

(Another former student defending the school)

Some states that Cross Creek and similar schools were the product of Clinton’s 3-strike laws. They could very well be right. No parent want their child to end up in prison serving life and if life and decades of prison are given for other crimes than murder you have a population of parents placed in permanent fear because teenagers are supposed to act out. Otherwise they will be a huge risk of suffering from depression.

Look at Denmark: Young Danes can drink alcohol when they are 16. They can have sex when they are 15. They can watch all the porn they like. Still the youth have become less criminal and teenage pregnancies are rare. The present generation of teenagers is the most law-abetting sober citizens’ maybe ever, but they are also the most depressive generation ever. They focus on high grades and record pace through the education system well-knowing that they might never reach the pension-age which has been sky-rocketing meaning that they will live a life without fun! To realize that you will live a life to service and die only will cause depression.

No society can bear that the next generation will face no future. At some point the teenagers will stop and rebel. Then the society must offer other alternatives than life in prison. Otherwise boarding schools like Cross Creek will occur again even despite the fact that they did their job so poorly that they ran out of customers and closed.

Fact is that Cross Creek closed not because the times changed. Cross Creek closed because they didn’t do a good job. There was nobody who was saved by Cross Creek. The students who did better after a stay just matured just as good as if they had been sent to normal juvenile prison. Cross Creek was a prison disguised as a boarding school.

The so-called emotional growth program was a joke. 60 years of research in Denmark have shown us that the social heritage more than hard effort and good grades decide whether a student ha success or not. In Denmark the students are paid to attend universities. It doesn’t result in a massive number of students with foreign heritage or working class background attends the universities. The students who make it to the universities are students from homes where the parents have academically background; Families who knows the drill and know how to prioritize the time in elementary and high schools.

You cannot instill success in people. Human resource consists basically 5 minutes of talk every year and a beer after work every Friday. People are born to be kings and queens or ordinary working class people. It you push young people into being someone they are not, the result can be disastrous. A massive number of suicides are found among the graduates from Cross Creek and similar programs. The tragedies cover young adults who found it difficult to adapt the life they found inside the boarding school to something useful on the outside.

    • So you have this school doing all the wrong things making young people believe that they can achieve in life what they reach out for regardless of their social background.
    • You have this school using force against the students to achieve what they believe is right.
    • You have this school which failed to subject their sub-contractors like High Impact to any kind of supervision.

Was Cross Creek programs abusive? What is your answer?

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