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Studio Communal Squabbles


Viikko 16



  • Cornelius Colliander, municipal civil activist
  • Carita Henriksson, member of town council
  • Julia Kuokkanen, child protection specialist
  • Patrik Nygrén, town mayor
  • Hostess

Headline of the Debate
”Barnskydd” (’Child Protection Services’)

The kernel of the debate lies in the fact that Pargas Municipality has lost 4 of its 9 child-custody workers in a short time and as a protest. In the words of the resigned this is down to the absence of or dysfunctional leadership. It did not become clear if dysfunctional leadership is bad resourcing, bad custody policies, bad atmosphere, bad recruiting or colleagues bullying. Part of the obscurity comes from the common classification of information in child protection services and, of course, from attempts at saving face.

Others’ positions
Mr. Colliander and Ms. Henriksson support the rank and file of child-protection services in a leftist spirit, for they would seem to have a Liberal-Leftist background in politics. Mr. Nygrén talks in roundabout terms about leading and caring but in reality does not take stand on anything in real terms. Ms. Kuokkanen represents the third sector, member associations of which do not even perhaps want to interfere with the failures of a specific municipality but only with child-protection services on the level of principle.

This is where I’d place myself around the now invisible round table.

Own positions
The basic question is: Do I identify in a small community’s troubles with the role of the child-protection worker or the person who is the unwilling customer of those said services and who thus probably has an already hostile view of the whole activity and process, where one’s parental skills and means are called into question? I’d rather put myself in the pants of the child-protection worker, for I have spent next to no time with children or matters revolving around them during adulthood.

The majority of child-protection service customers view with dissatisfaction all of those measures and decisions where their children are taken away from them, to be placed in foster families or state-sponsored foster homes manned by social workers. I think that town leaders should pull rank on behalf of child protection for two reasons. These growing children are either future taxpayers or social-service customers, and it shows in the balance sheet which side they fall on. Furthermore, if a child is taken away from its biological parents, they should have a ”Wall” of powerful adults facing them, so that they couldn’t single out individual social workers as the targets of their ire. Different municipal quarters should also listen to outsiders’ reports about child abuse, molestation and neglect with a keener ear.

For all that, each and every adult should have the right to rear one’s own child(ren), if (s)he can keep in check his or her own a) finances, b) intoxicants and c) sanity, also d) temper. There is ”silent knowledge” in child-protection circles about what kind of people make the grade in parenthood as planned.


School’s out for Summer


Viikko 28


Motion: THW fix problems in schools by restricting the roles of parents, politics and technology
Role: Minister (govt.)

Today, schools are faring worse than before, because or despite of advances made in the technological landscape. It’s harder to be a kid nowadays due to the fact that ”silence” and ”focus” and ”boredom” seem to be in part things of the past, no longer existing historical curiosities.

One of the big issues is the equation in which learning (something schools are for, in two senses of the word) has been turned upside down or on its head. In the past, kids learned from their teachers and their peers. Today, parents and the Internet are the foremost authorities for pupils and students. Parents supply their wisdom on what is right and correct and the Internet supplies data, facts or information. This creates an atmosphere where moral guidance is biased, self-centered and lopsided and there is an information overload. Progressive growth within limits becomes difficult to attain.

Schools should be allowed to be the self-regulating ambiences they once were. They can be oppressive, frightening and dark places to their goers, but that kind of pressure creates backbone, resilience and self-esteem, whereas its opposite, the parent-monitored school creates depression, AD/HD and behaviour featured in the spectrum of autism. Eating disorders are the only unifying link between old-school schools and new-school schools.

I would also roll some of the guilt onto the very schoolgoers. As stated, they do not let their peers educate themselves. The eternal question goes, ”Who will I spend my recess with today and tomorrow?” The right answer is to spend it with whoever happens to be available for friendly banter and exchange of ideas. There are two reasons for this: a) those people won’t be available or seeable after school years and b) they will provide the broadest spectrum of competing ideas about the world and what there is in it. The wrong strategy is to spend every recess with the same people or the ugly and socially neglected rejects due to self-esteem issues that say ”I am not worth more.”

School years should be an era of art, culture, discovery, enjoyment and wonder. It is important to understand that this period in life will not recur or come back in any form whatsoever. Therefore, it should be lived as fully as possible. Otherwise one will be doomed to repeat the failures, unredeemed promises and vagaries of those school years in a loop long afterwards. A successful schooling does not beg for a repeat even though repetition is said to be the mother of learning.

What is the root cause, on the other hand, of teenagers’ awkwardness? This may have to do with brain structure. Theirs is a brain that is like a computer circuitboard with a CPU. Everything is decided centrally and information passes there back and forth very rapidly and incessantly. An adult’s is different: information can travel around and around without going through the centre. This interconnectedness or neural cohesion creates a heightened self-image, -esteem and -sufficiency and also -containment that a teenager would find most useful during her youth’s travails and troubles. Alas, it can only come after a lot of struggle and passing of time.

Because the brain is like a circuitboard, it should be fed rational, logical and mathematical things instead of the incessant supply of ”culture” that is now being the norm. Culture, manners and language are learnt through ”osmosis”, on the sly and little by little, so it is not so useful to spend hours and hours of valuable school time on something that is a civic necessity. School time should be devoted to things that are future-oriented and benefit from tutoring, mentoring and the focus that a classroom can endow.

I would like to wind up my speech in saying that all education culminates in a vocation or a profession at the end. When you choose your vocation or profession, try to pick a major or a field which is not a school subject at all. Applied knowledge can help us out of this ongoing recession, monetary woes and societal problems. Don’t forget about critical thinking, ever. Thank you.

Puheen kesto: 5 min 8 sek
Arvio: * * * ½. Puhe alkaa lupaavasti, ja se suomii sitä ansaitsevia tahoja eli oppilaita, vanhempia ja poliitikkoja. Loppua kohti tulee kuitenkin ns. uutta uutta ainesta, joka voi viedä terää kokonaisuudelta. Kokonaispituus on kuitenkin juuri oikea.