Basic Family Union

Posted: 3. April 2009 in Uncategorized
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My son, Simon, is studying to become a school teacher. In Denmark there are several branches of school teacher educations. The one my son is taking is in the private school area. He is specialising in language, history and music.

As a part of this education, Simon has for the last three weeks been employed as a trainee at Hobro Friskole, about 70 km (50 miles) North of Horsens where I live. Of course, he went to stay at his father's in the weekends. There is not much to do for a young man in a town like Hobro in the weekends.

From the pictures below, it is obvious that my wife (his stepmother) and Simon get along quite well. This is extremely comforting to me.

  1. ellinidata says:

    no mistake at the hospital here! He looks very much like dad!!! Thanks for sharing,your wife is beautiful alwaysand if people want to see her amazing eyes I suggest they visit your photo albums,now I know she has a great heart and smile too! :yes:

  2. Zaphira says:

    Ha, yes, it sure looks as if the have fun! Very nice indeed!

  3. gdare says:

    As Angeliki said, he looks like you. Is he playing drums too? :up:

  4. Aqualion says:

    Thank you all.No… I'm afraid, there's no deniability option on this one. Talks like me too. Simon plays whatever intstrument is in the room. Started out with the drums (of course) and went on to the bass, then the guitar, then keys, and now he is even composing. There's a link in the sidebar to the page of his band 'Paper Sessions'.

  5. ricewood says:

    Always nice to see nice people. Last time I met your son was at your wedding. He made a good impression on me. Your wife is a wonderful woman as always.When do you drop by?

  6. Aqualion says:

    When massa call, Nelson go…

  7. Stardancer says:

    You have a nice family, Martin.:smile:

  8. Javaen says:

    I've always thought there was a lot of love and laughter in your home! Nice pictures…. *smiles*

  9. wickedlizard says:

    That's wonderful! :up:I think teachers should be paid the highest wages… they are teaching for the future! A good teacher is a blessing for the future!I wish your son lots of success as a teacher! :up:

  10. Aqualion says:

    Thanks.According to himself he already has succes, Iz… Guess he didn't inherit my overwhelmingly self-denying modesty. 😉

  11. Javaen says:

    😆 Martin, you crack me up! *giggles*

  12. edwardpiercy says:

    Perhaps it has its flaws, but I just love the Danish social system and the way it puts young people into occupations. Here, they don't seem to give a shit. And by "they" I mean the government, our frigging politicians.And I love these photos even more than the succeeding ones (came to the posts backwards).

  13. Aqualion says:

    Every system has flaws. Especially for the people living in them. Seen from the outside the Danish educational system might seem perfect; most educations are free, and you even get basic survival money from the state whilst taking the education. The flaw with this is that you more or less have to have an education to get a job in Denmark. You can't just leave school at 16 and get a full time job, like you still could when I was 16 – except I was 16 in the 80s when the uenployment rate was up 10 – 15 percent, but that is another story. If you, for some reason or the other, is bored with school or simply don't have the intellectual capacity to take an education, there's pretty much no future for you. Therefore, state educations are mainstream. If you are talented beyond average – and don't have parents who can afford to put you in one of the private educations we do have – you have to take the same mainstream education as the rest. The paper at the end of the road might show that you are better, but the education itself will still be designed to average standards.Besides, the money from the state is only a survival fee. If you want just a little more, like most young people do, you have to take loans anyway. And due to the state welfare principle there are only limited stipendia and scholarships to apply for.Plus, the educations are extrememly long. I don't understand why you have to study seven to eight years to become a attorney or a doctor or a priest. A scoolteacher, like Simon, only has to study 5 years – including one year as a trainee.In a society where mainstream is the golden road both losers and winners have a problem.

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