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Knauer, Claudia

stellvertretende Chefredakteuriin bei Der Nordschleswiger

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Nordschleswiger - Denmark | 19/10/2012

Sexually neutral pedagogy is humbug

A Copenhagen kindergarten has followed the Swedish example and introduced so-called sexually neutral pedagogy. As the Danish media are reporting, this means they are no longer using the terms "boys" and "girls" but just the individual names of the children to avoid prematurely casting them in gender roles. The Nordschleswiger, an independent German-language daily in Denmark, is not convinced: "In a world where men and women exist it's naive and preposterous to think that we can create a protective indeterminate space. Every child should be allowed to play with princess dresses and train sets and try out different things, but this doesn't mean we have to bend the language. It's much better to have role models like the ones in Denmark right now: four strong women at the head of the state. Or at home: Daddy at the ironing board and Mummy using the drill. And of course equal pay for men and women. Then we don't have to iron out the differences artificially."

Nordschleswiger - Denmark | 17/08/2012

Paperless classroom causes digital dementia

Ørestad High School in Copenhagen wants to stop using printed material altogether in classes and confine itself to the use of electronic media. The daily Nordschleswiger doesn't think much of the idea: "Is it possible for information to be lodged in the brain in this way for any longer than the next exam? Can young people who leap from one digital snippet to the next, from an Internet clip to a text message and from there to a tweet, still understand long, coherent texts and write them themselves? The buzzword digital dementia is making the rounds, and ever more professors are despairing because none of their students read books any more, and none of them are capable of writing decent term papers. ... Schools have the job of conveying our culture. That includes teaching students how to use what Gutenberg's invention in 1440 made possible: the book. Bold concepts like the one presented by the school in Copenhagen can be a sensible step. But not dispensing entirely with books."

Nordschleswiger - Denmark | 17/06/2011

E-mobility for all Europe

Europe's biggest field test with electric cars is currently underway in Denmark. An advanced technology, writes the daily Der Nordschleswiger and conjures up a future "with electric cars, well developed public transport systems, and more railways and ports with good infrastructures. The whole system must be intelligently interconnected if none of the components are to be left out. ... The company Better Place ... is now receiving 33.5 million kroner [approx. 4.5 million euros] to work on a transport network that combines several different forms. Routes and railways are to be just as much a part of this as charging and battery stations in Copenhagen and Amsterdam. E-mobility is to become a pan-European reality. This networking approach is right, but please don't confine it to Copenhagen and other big cities. Country dwellers too, of whom there is certainly no lack in Denmark, also want to profit from electric developments."

Nordschleswiger - Denmark | 16/04/2009

No pre-election concessions in Denmark

Because Denmark has no car industry the Danish government's stimulus package does not comprise a scrapping premium. Trade and the purchase of environmentally friendly materials are being subsidised instead. The daily Der Nordschleswiger approves of this approach: "It is worth discussing whether Denmark with its low unemployment rate really needs to start taking stimulatory measures. At any rate the conservatives want to wait and assess the impact of the measures that have already been taken before intervening once more. This is a sensible approach as Denmark still has economic and financial room for manoeuvre. Since - as far as we know now - there will be no parliamentary elections in the immediate future the politicians will hopefully be able to get along without resorting to pre-election concessions, as is being done elsewhere."

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