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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!!


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.



Just one case among many other

In culture on December 15, 2014 at 17:55

Now the Aaron Bacon movie has been uploaded to YouTube. It deals not only with his death which is quite ordinary when you look into wilderness programs. It deals with the grief and guilt his death caused his family.

Deaths in the wilderness programs are often caused by illness neglected by the employees. You are far from the hospital. Ordinary deceases become deadly just as if you were living in the third world. Look at how many children who die in third world countries before they become adults. Secondly deaths are caused by the use of restraints. If grown-up try to restrain they can crush the person below that so this person is strangled. The police do this all the time. Nothing odd there, but here we are talking patients. We are talking children.

I don’t know why Aaron Bacon was sent to this program. He had not been convicted in court. Properly his had been testing drugs or alcohol. Maybe his grades were just bad. In a society like ours where success means everything and it is accepted to look down upon the people who cannot get jobs or are homeless, parents become desperate to seek help.

Of course there are a lot of people ready to help people – for money.

Educational consultants are often paid by both parents and the programs they refer the children to – without the parents knowing.

The parents believe that the fine brochures and the promises made by sales people or educational consultants stick.

But it is about profit. It is about creating a product rather than analyzing the problem the individual child struggle with. The product is the perfect daughter or the perfect son. Not only creating this product. It is also about doing it with fewest costs. It is the cheapest employees – often former patients who seek a chance to bully newcomers as they were bullied.

It is a deathly cocktail.

The only reason so many children walk away from these programs alive but scared on their soul is that a human being is difficult to kill.

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