Statistics show that the Danish population is not as well-educated as they would like to believe.
only shows that wealth is not equivalent to the desire to broaden one's
mind. However, as I pointed out some time in November, I guess, there
are indications that Danes are more motivated to get away from something
than to reach a goal.
The wealth has been acquired through the
wish to get away from poverty. That things have gone so well in this
respect may be due to the fact that people had difficulties figuring out
when to stop.
That policy-makers have not have the foresight to
invest in programmes that could entice more youngsters to get more
education may very well be due to the fact that they would have to
define goals that reach far beyond "staying in power" or "being
spokesperson on education suggested that the universities should
dramatically decrease their demands on students' theses because the
writing process is time-consuming and hard to get through. Some students
never reach the end of this particular tunnel.
Writing a thesis
is tough work. But cutting it down to one third of the size it has now
only cures a symptom. When students drop out while writing their thesis
one of the reasons is that their tutors have never been taught how to be
I know that most of the university teachers I
know will not love me for this: but there is so much more to helping
students through these agonies than just to discuss the material they
have handed in. Tutoring means that one has a responsibility towards
one's students. And this responsibility is personal as well as
Being learned is a dangerous thing in Denmark.
Everybody is entitled to bash intellectuals. The PM does it, and if you
do not hold with his rhetoric you are no defender of democracy and
should be shunned by the majority of the people.
With plenty of
money who needs knowledge? With a full stomach now who needs to think
about the future? It's not as though we were standing with water up to
our necks, is it?