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Hi! I’m Kelly, an American (ex-teacher) living in a small town in Denmark with my Danish husband and our two school-age boys. In this video, I will share with you my thoughts on Danish vs American schools from my point-of-view as a person who has taught and studied in both countries.


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My Thoughts on my 1st Semester as a Student Abroad (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuMDa-5mM1c&t=7s)

Danish versus International Schools: Pros and Cons (https://www.mynewdanishlife.com/an-expats-guide-to-living-in-denmark-danish-vs-international-schools/)

Danish Holidays from Work and School (https://www.mynewdanishlife.com/an-expats-guide-to-living-in-denmark-understanding-dates-events-for-school-and-work/)

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  1. Nanna

    About calling teachers / adults Mr / Mrs etc:
    I'm danish, and when I went to a US high school as an exchange student, I didn't address a single teacher for the entire year, as I could NOT get myself to call them that. It feels so wrong and belittling, and like 'because you are older, you demand respect. But students are young and worthless and not on the same level'.
    I LOVE the first name basis. It shows MUTUAL respect (which is the way it should be. Respect is to be earned, after all. No one deserves respect just because of age difference, if they haven't done anything to earn it – not to say you shouldn't respect others, cause you should! But being an adult dosn't automatically mean you deserve more respect than a kid), as well as much more laid back and easy going.
    I also noticed that teachers/students have a very different relationship here. They're all a 'group', and the teacher is part of that and often follow them for many years. which is good! You WANT the kids to have a good relationship with the teachers they spend every day with, after all 🙂
    (Also, i see it more as an insult to refer to someone here as mr or mrs something – makes them sound cocky and snobby and entitled 😀 So not sure you WANT to be referred to by your last name 😉 haha)

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  2. Trille Pilgaard Rasmussen


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  3. Maria Willadsen

    In denmark, i know atleast one School have a dress Code, but it’s a private School, so some private schools have dress codes, but i havent heard of a student rule book, and there is homework, and a lot in the older classes, the same with grades, you start getting grades in like 8 grade or 9 grade.

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  4. Clara Stensig

    There is one School called Herlufsholm and its a bordingschool. They were uniforms but i haven’t Heard of any other schools

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  5. No Nox

    I don't thing it would have been a problem having the students call you misses of frau in languageclass, because thats part of the language that you teach.

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  6. Michael Pope

    Enjoying your channel! I lived in Copenhagen for three years back in the early 80s, when I was in high school. I attended a unique school that had one side that was Danish, and another side that was international and taught in English. I was in the international school, but the Danish language was a part of our curriculum.

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  7. Jan BBMath

    The none homework is new and is partly scientific.
    It well known, that you an among of time, that human can really learn each day.

    If, students, there teacher or paraent tries to push, student end up learn less and not more.

    In my school we had high level math classes. My class was the one of the four, were we got less homework of the four.

    We had a clear A(10) middle mark for the entire class.

    There are also manny examples, the student, when teaching consulent cut down homework.
    That gave there student time to "consume" what they is suppose to learn…

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  8. jabbard gilstrap

    As a Black American, our schools are bloody rascist.

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  9. Karen Schafer

    When I went to High School in the 60s, jeans were not allowed in school at all for any students or teacher. Girls could not wear pants, only skirts or dresses.

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  10. Dan Johansen

    Sidst i 60 erne sluttede man eksamer,

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  11. Heather Hughes

    I went to college in the U.S. with the intention of teaching high school English. My student teaching experience was so depressing, I changed majors and decided to move to Scandinavia 🤣

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  12. Joey Pedersen

    Hello im from Denmark and i am in 8th grade. When it comes to greats you get them from 8th grade and until your done with school. But i relly liked hering abaudt amarikan schooles.👍👍

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  13. Asta Sepstrup

    i get that it is hard to adjust to the danish way of learning, because i feel, as a dane, that we are not as strict with our kids as in the US. There are less expectations to the kids and more a focus of the kids just being kids, without the school pressuring them to acheive. Of course this my view on things and i haven't been to the US, so this is just my generelt observation from what i hear and see

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  14. Mads Brundbjerg

    I've worked in the service buisness for 26 years now and as a dane, I think the propper way is to asses the age of your customer and to dertermin wether you should call them "hr." or "fru" (mr. or mrs.) I'm 46 and I've never called people younger or at my own age for "hr." or "fru". Only when I persume their age about 65 or older, I feel that I can use it. So there's no rule or mutual demand but only your own judgement about this. But then I guess that young danish people never calls people for "hr." and "fru". It's a generation thing….Another thing is that no danish children are brought up calling their own parents for "sir" or "mam" like some in the States.

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  15. Mia Hartmund

    I’m a danish student in 8 grade. I have always been giving homework and i know my friend from other school also get homework. It shocked me a little because I have always heard/thought that all got it, but maybe me and friends just have been unlucky.

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  16. justuslightworkers

    I know this has nothing to do with Danish schools, but one of the curriculum I used homeschooling my kids was that there were no grades, per se. Each subject was at a different level according to how well they did. They only moved on to a higher level book (more like a workbook) if they got an 80% or better on a test, which indicated they had sufficiently learned the lessons in that book. If they didn't get 80%, they repeated that book until they did. One subject might be at number 53, another might be at number 61, etc. But there were no, for instance, 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 10th, etc. grades. They just did whatever workbook they were on for that subject, however slow or fast they understood it. So besides a passing percentage, there were no As, Bs, Cs etc. I used that type of "non-grading" for every curriculum we had, because it simply worked. Only on teacher records that had to be turned in to state education authorities (if the state had one), did I write down grades.

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  17. Jannie Sivertsen

    I'm sorry… are you in Denmark or America? Do not bring your custums to this little country! You are here as a guest!

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  18. Lærke Nielsen

    No homework? I need to talk to my teacher😹🤔 (I’m a Dane)

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  19. 179480sus

    hej jeg er født 1964 boede i lejlighed i en opgang med 6 lejligheder og man brugte hr og fru til alle forældre kendte ikke engang deres fornavn det var også lærer der blev tiltalt ved efternavn først sidst i 70 man begyndte man at bruge fornavn

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  20. Dipping sauce

    In an American high school 🏫🇺🇸

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  21. Theis Harada Sørensen

    the thing about the report card
    the teacher is the evidence

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  22. Thomas Anagrius

    No homework? I had both grades and homework since 1st grade. But that was in the nineties, so maybe that changed.

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  23. Molly Taylor

    Thank you so much – as an American girl looking to start a family in Denmark, this is exactly what I was looking for!

    I also wanted to add that, for me, growing up in public American schools – kindergarten through undergraduate – my teachers/professors never had a dress code. One of the best teachers I ever had was a high school chemistry teacher who would never be seen without his classic jeans-and-university-sweatshirt look! Granted, I grew up in Washington state, which is very influenced by its Scandinavian roots, so maybe the Danish way of thinking influenced our school system…

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  24. Anastasia Boldysh

    I'm from Russia and we have the exact same thing with school schedules. 45 minutes lessons and schedule is the same for every Monday, but different from Tuesday ect. And during the week we have for example 6 lessons of Russian language and only 1 geography lesson. And I had homework and grades from the 1st year in school, but now they tend to do not have homework and grades until year 5, I think.
    But situation with school uniform is more like in US. Some schools have it, some – don't, and some have their own dress code.

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  25. Matilde Holm

    det er ikke rigtigt at man ikke for lektier for i danmark. det kommer an på hvilken skole, men man får stadig lektier for 🙂

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  26. Kurt Christensen

    Wouldn't it be great if Americans especially American politicians learned to do group work?
    To me it seems like America is all about being individuals and it doesn't work well in politics.

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  27. Joe Thomas

    Is the homogenous population of Denmark a plus in your opinion? The US population spends an incredible amount of money just in busing for the schools. Neighborhood schools are becoming extinct. The federal government is enforcing a 1-size-fits-all mentality. This is leading to liberal politicizing of school lessons.

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  28. Melly Mel

    3 minutes in and youre blabbing about censoring what i cant or cant say… pshh… BYE!

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  29. emil toft

    Hey there! I go to Tietgen Buisness in Odense. They have a dress policy for the male teachers only. They are not allowed to wear shorts but the women teachers are allowed to dress as they like 🙂 We have talked about this several times cause we find it pretty funny ourself haha

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  30. Mel Olsson

    In my highschool in the US, we had the same schedule most of the week, but on Wednesdays and Thursdays we would have "Block days" where you had 3 of your classes on Wednesday and 4 classes on Thursday. And each class would be 2 hours long instead of 50 minutes. It was nice because Wednesdays started at 9 or 10 AM instead of 7:45 AM, and if you only took 6 classes, you would leave at noon on Thursdays.

    I left that highschool for a project based learning charter school, which I think is structured a bit similarly to those subject weeks. We would be in groups of four and have a project we would work on for about a month (depended on the project–each grade had one larger project each year and several smaller ones). But each subject had its own projects, except in English and History where it was one project for both classes (you would work on the project in both, and use English and History knowledge). For example, we had the "1929 Night" project, where we researched an aspect of the 1920s (my group chose jazz) and wrote articles about it to make a magazine, then dressed up and came to school at night and told parents about our subject as if it was 1929.

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  31. Anna133199

    Wait.. In American high school schedules are the same every day? So they have EVERY SUBJECT every day? How does that fit? In my school (in the Netherlands as I've said in my previous comment) we had PE for two blocks for two times a week in the first years of secondary education (age 12-14), once a week for two blocks in the third year and zero blocks in the last three years. I can't imagine having to do one block of PE every school day in those first three years. We also had music once a week for one or two 45-minute blocks in those first years and technique for two blocks once a week in the first year. There wouldn't be enough time left for the subjects that are generally deemed more important in our education system such as Dutch, math, English, history, Latin/ancient Greek (gymnasium), French (or Spanish), German, physics/chemistry (often combined in the first one or two or three years), biology, and geography. If ALL these subjects had to be followed every day it would be a crazy busy week!

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  32. Anna133199

    I'm Dutch and the idea that teachers often can't wear jeans in the US or that pupils can't have holes in their pants is mind-blowing to me. It also sounds like a difficult situation for poor families or families that are a bit frugal/environmentally conscious. I want to wear my clothes as long as I can for the environment. So a little hole here and there doesn't bother me. I also have thunder thighs. All my jeans will get a hole in them from friction in just a few months.

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  33. Simon Pedersen

    When i went to folkeskole we had more homework, than daughter i 3 g, gymnasium have today. The kids today are spoiled and curled, and the results are accordingly.
    Alot more slow readers, almost nobody can multiply two fractions, and the decipline is not existing.
    Its a shame.

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  34. Julian Bang

    I go in a private School and i get a lot homework and The School Day is pretty Long Day

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  35. Cynic

    Denmark is very rarley different from everywere else. When you run into something where Denmark seem to be different from everywhere else, check the Scandinavian countries and you will find that Denmark it is rarely that way.
    There are good reasons the Nordics (sometimes known as Scandinavia) is considered a subset of Europe. Most of the things we differe from the rest of Europe on we share.

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  36. Chaoticboii

    There aren't any schools i denmark that use school uniforms

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  37. Chaoticboii

    I love watching videos when Americans is talking about denmark

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  38. Diego Winterborg

    Grade 7-9 (10) is called “udskoling”.

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  39. Sofiarasch

    one thing that I think is VERY different is that my school (I don’t know if other schools do but) we have something called “venskabsven” which is that when you reach 5th grade you get a “friend” from 0th who just started school. So you will play with them and maybe do class activities with them but that’s until 9th grade of course.

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  40. sindbad20

    The reason for the almost no homework, is due to a reform in 2014 where the schoolday got longer, so they do the things they used to do at home, and do them at school. In 8. Grade and 9. Grade you get a report card at Least twice a year, and national testing in Denmark is a comparison test on how you kid is doing compared to others in his grade in all of Denmark. When they get older, especially 8. And 9. Grade, they get a lot of homework, and most of the things you do get graded. My teachers explained it to me that they do this on purpose, so the younger students dont get a lot of grade pressure, and dont get stressed about maybe not passing a grade, the only grade i hear people not passing is grade 0, and its mostly due to a kid not being socially ready, this happened to my brother. What i can tell you is relax, the way the system is made, the goal of school isnt to make you smarter, or it is, but not top priority, its made to make you into a citizen able to live in Denmark, and know how to be a person. In 9. Grade they choose what kind of thing they wanna study more closely when they finnish 9. Grade, most people go to a gymnasium, some go to what we call erhvervsskoler, and here its about making you a lot smarter, here is where the real studying begins. Dont worry about the level jump, they use 8. And 9. Grade to preparr you a lot. Dont worry about grades in school to much, everyone gets a chance to do what they want in Denmark, when it comes to school, my Friend didnt even get a passing grade in 9. Grade, and actually got into IB(international baceulerate), wich is harder than going to a gymnasium.

    Sorry for all the grammar mistakes.

    I finished 9. Grade last year, these are my experiences, i would be happy to give you even more things. I work as a fulltime volunteer for an organisation that fights for the best school day for students as possible. So i know a lot about the danish schools too.

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  41. Mette Andersen Ebeltoft Skole

    After finishing folkeskole I went to the US as an exchange student.
    Seeing as all my days in school would be exactly the same, I tried to choose classes both familiar and new. English and american history were mandatory classes, but the other 4 I got to choose my self: PE, german, choir and spanish. I had never taken a spanish class before, but figured it would be interesting.
    In High School I had 5 spanish lessons a week, all 55 minutes long. When I came back to Denmark I started gymnasium and here I also chose spanish. Here, I had 3 classes a week, all 45 minutes. When we reached the Christmas break in my danish gymnasium, we had been through all the same material, as I spent an entire school year i the US learning. 275 minutes/week vs. 135 minutes/week.
    That’s when I realised, that High School does in no way compare to gymnasium. High School is more similar to 8th, 9th and 10th grade i Denmark. Your kids will learn so much more in a Danish folkeskole than their American peers who go to school the same amount of years. And if they are curious children who like to learn, they will LOVE it.
    Thank you for all your wonderful videos ❤️🇩🇰🇺🇸

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  42. auritone

    I’ve been a teacher for 14 years and I have rarely given homework. When I do it is because I know the kids have a grasp on what they need to do. The reason is that I work at a school where we cannot rely on the parents helping the kids with their homework for various reasons which is why it is important the kids can do the work themselves. If not they just become frustrated and do not do it, making it useless.

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  43. Magnus Nielsen

    I come from denmark

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