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Old 08-13-2013, 06:19 AM
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Crown Princess Mary as Patron of 'School for 200 Years' (2014)

Mary has become patron of the anniversary "School for 200 years."
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Old 08-13-2013, 06:38 AM
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Thank you, Dazzling.

The name comes from the fact that King Frederik VI in 1814 signed a law ensuring that all Danish children would get free schooling. It was the beginning of Folkeskolen = the state public school.

Beforehand schooling took place on a local level, homeschooling, by private tutors or in special "latin schools" for talented children spotted by the local clergy, nobillity or magistrates.
And it was predominantly reserved for boys. Meaning that a large percentage of the population, mainly the rural female population, recieved little if any schooling.

Things didn't change over night of course. Teachers were hard to come by and those who taught were badly paid, more often than not less than competent and often the lections were focused almost solely on learning the "Kattekismus" = basic Christian values and rules. Because this was also about ensuring that the children would grow up to be good Christians.

However, by mid 1800's Denmark, Sweden and the US mid-west (very much because immigrants brought the policy of public schooling with them) had an almost 100 % litteracy rate. Defined by almost 100 % of all children going to school and leaving with at least basic skills in reading, writing and arithmetics.
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Old 02-03-2014, 12:08 PM
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billedebladet information article about todays program for mary
Kronprinsesse Mary fejrer 200-året for fri skolegang -
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Old 02-03-2014, 01:34 PM
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First pic of Mary at today's event
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More pics of Mary today
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Old 02-03-2014, 02:18 PM
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Thanks for the gallery, Polyesco,
I see Mary has got a nice colour after the family's private travel.

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Here's a picture and an informative article
Royal hyldest til lærerne i jubilæumstale - Folkeskolen.dk

Today Mary officially opened the school's 200th anniversary.
Dressed with smiles and reflective words Mary made ​​a good impression on the audience. In her speech Mary focused on the schools' important role in personal development and as a unifying factor for the community.

"A Summer day, a schoolyard, butterflies in the stomach, a bag packed with lunch bag and pencil case, joy and expectation."

It was how Mary described her own first day of school before she revealed that the butterflies hadn't been reduced when she later in life stood on the sidelines as a parent and watched her own children standing excited and expectant in the schoolyard.

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Old 02-03-2014, 02:59 PM
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Thanks Polyesco & Roskilde

Mary looks pretty elegant.

Anyway, as you now know the law of public schooling was implemented some 200 years ago. And that meant that all boys (girls naturally weren't supposed to go to school, they were to be brought up to be good Christian housewives. With the notable exeption of daughters of the middle and upper class, but tht was a private matter) were to go to school to recieve a basic education.

Here is a typical classroom from that time, with no less than four seperate classes recieving "lessons" at the same time! https://app.box.com/s/yk07x18cf2gqsz6npgno

And here is a typical school teacher, with his "main-tool for education": https://app.box.com/s/e4jkgm38tsqcd9c10ouo

School teachers in public school were not trained teacher, they were employed at genuin and private schools or as private tutors, so teachers in public schools were basically inskilled laboures who could read and write at least to some degree and who first and foremost were reasonably well versed in the bible. Apart from that they were more often than not otherwise unemployable, alcoholics and with sadistic tendencies.
They were underpaid, drunk or slept rather than taught, that is when they weren't busy "admonishing" the pupils.

Children went to school four hours in the forenoon and three hours in the afternoon, or until sunset, whatever came first.
The main purpose of the whole thing was to bring up the children to be good Lutheran Christians, so they were drilled, repeat drilled, in Luther's Cathesism each and every day. And only then, if there was time... if the teacher was in the mood... or sober... or competent did the children learn basic reading, writing and arithmetics.

Those who could afford it send their children to private schools, socalled "Latin schools", where the education was orders of magnitudes better. Or they employed private teachers or send their children to boarding schools.

That doesn't mean that children of ordinary people didn't recieve education before that. In the centuries before that the local clergy kept an eye on the brightest boys in his parish and such boys were selected to go to "latin schools" to be destined either to become civil servants, go to the university or pursue a career in the church. Such children were sponsored either by the local noble (a kind of "my peasants are brighter than your peasants", because there was a good deal of competition between nobles in that respect) or in the towns typically by a local guild or merchant.

The beginning of the public school was to put it mildly problematic but by 1860, according to a US historian, (I'll dig up his name if you wish) Denmark, Sweden and the US mid west (the farm belt) had an almost 100 % literacy rate. The top three in the world at that time.

There were quite a few public schools prior to 1814, put these were set up and run locally. And there was no national standard for anything. The reform that was started by the Crown Prince in 1809 and passed in 1814, ensured a number of basic standards in regards to the lessons and the teachers, but it took years before these standards were lived up to.
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Old 02-03-2014, 06:21 PM
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I'm always in favour of education for all, adults included, should they not have been privileged to have education early on, and the history of any education establishment is always interesting.

As for Mary; I think she looks excellent, and what she's wearing looks elegant, well-balanced and professional yet not too stiff.
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great to celebrate the school, it is a big part of our lives and as i understand it will there continue to be focus on the school troughout the year

mary certainly has a sunny glow, she looks lovely and happy , still wonder where in the world they have been on vacation, looks to be a sunny place.
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Old 02-04-2014, 06:46 AM
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Here's a Spanish article about yesterday's event with three pics:



** semana.es: Mary de Dinamarca empieza el año apostando por la educación infantil ** translation **


And another gallery:



** pp: Princesse Mary : Marquée par sa visite en Birmanie, elle célèbre un bicentenaire **
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A great and personal speech from Mary to the event yesterday. She mentions some funny descriptions of her teachers and her time in school.

Tale til åbningsarrangementet for Skole i 200 år den 3. februar 2014 - Kongehuset

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Unfortunately, I can't find the speech in English, Google Translate doesn't always give the correct meaning.

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Skole i 200 år: Lad os begynde med en sang - Undervisningsministeriet
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A winter type like Mary shouldn't dye her hair so orange-reddish. Mon dieu......
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Old 02-05-2014, 06:33 AM
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To return to the subject of schooling for a moment.
This week is week #6. And it so happens that the number seks (six) is pronounced exactly like sex - so that's also when sexual education is the main theme in many if not most public schools.

Here is an amusing blog from a Scottish ex-pat, living in DK and married to a Dane, about that (in English): Week six? (More) Sex at school! – Diane's Daily Denmark
M&F's children are still a little too young for dedicated teaching of the subject, but Christian will be there in a couple of years.

- The material used now is pretty tame however compared to the notorious Elle-Belle-Bolle-Bogen from the 70's! Some Danes here may remember it.
Difficult to translate but that was illustrated sexual education in your face!
I can still remember one of the verses from the book (about Donald Duck BTW) but tact prohibits me from writing it here...
Actually you can't even get access to the book from the state libraries nowadays without coming up with very good reason!
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Old 02-07-2014, 08:26 AM
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A couple of tidbits from BB, written by our learned reporter, Ulrik Ulriksen.

Of Mary attending the 200th anniversary of the public school reform.

The white blouse Mary wore is by Max Azria.
Mary told a little bit from her own school days in her speech: "I still remember my own very first day at school: a smart, brandnew uniform, a new bag, my first school-photo for the family album, many new faces and names and a feeling of being - just that day - a little bit grown up. A beautiful but perhaps also a bit hazy memory, which I recently refreshed when our two oldest started at school.
To experience the first day at school as parents is however completely different, but the butterflies came along.
From my own time at school I remember my old maths-teacher. And she was really old, very strickt (*) and she threw chalk.
There was also my chemistry/science-teacher who was very inspirational. My athletics-teacher who shared from his wisdom. And then there was one teacher, who wasn't my teacher, but who made it possible for me to take up my passion for horses".

(*) All maths-teachers are strickt - or insane.
German-teachers are subject-idiots. There is nothing outside teaching German. - And they are usually mad as well.
Athletics teachers are unusually short-tempered and prone to smack you, or kick a ball at you. - Or just mad.
Science-teachers are excentrics.
Biology-teachers are vindictive and borderline mad.
History-teachers have tendencies to have nervous break-downs - in class.
Music-teachers are more than willing to smack you and pull your ears off while dragging you out of the class.
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Mary participates as a patron of the 'School for 200 years' anniversary at the 'Schools Song days' in the Concert Hall in DR Byen:

There wasn't enough room so that all 1,500 children could get close to Mary. And what do you then do? You handle the situation like this
http://www.sn.dk/modules/xphoto/cache/3/542703.jpg
http://www.sn.dk/modules/xphoto/cache/4/542704.jpg

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http://www.sn.dk/modules/xphoto/cach..._0_0_0_0_2.jpg
http://www.sn.dk/modules/xphoto/cach..._0_0_0_0_2.jpg
http://www.sn.dk/modules/xphoto/cach..._0_0_0_0_2.jpg
http://www.sn.dk/modules/xphoto/cach..._0_0_0_0_2.jpg (Selfies with Mary)

And here the entire gallery: Kronprinsessen fejrede skolen - sn.dk - sn.dk - Sjælland
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Mary participates as a patron of the 'School for 200 years' anniversary at the 'Schools Song days' in the Concert Hall in DR Byen:

There wasn't enough room so that all 1,500 children could get close to Mary. And what do you then do? You handle the situation like this
http://www.sn.dk/modules/xphoto/cach..._0_0_0_0_2.jpg
http://www.sn.dk/modules/xphoto/cach..._0_0_0_0_2.jpg

More pictures
http://www.sn.dk/modules/xphoto/cach..._0_0_0_0_2.jpg
http://www.sn.dk/modules/xphoto/cach..._0_0_0_0_2.jpg
http://www.sn.dk/modules/xphoto/cach..._0_0_0_0_2.jpg
http://www.sn.dk/modules/xphoto/cach..._0_0_0_0_2.jpg (Selfies with Mary)

And here the entire gallery: Kronprinsessen fejrede skolen - sn.dk - sn.dk - Sjælland
Thanks, great photos. The children looked ready to go squeeze through the fence in the first one.
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Mary participates as a patron of the 'School for 200 years' anniversary at the 'Schools Song days' in the Concert Hall in DR Byen:

There wasn't enough room so that all 1,500 children could get close to Mary. And what do you then do? You handle the situation like this
http://www.sn.dk/modules/xphoto/cache/3/542703.jpg
http://www.sn.dk/modules/xphoto/cache/4/542704.jpg
haha what you dont do to meet mary..cute photos.,

here another articel from se og hør called "watch mary shaking her but" because they have a video of mary and the others shaking buts in a dance
Mary ryster numsen til Skolernes Sangdag i DR's Koncerthus - SE og HØR
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this has to be one of my new favorite pictures.

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Here are some more big pics from the school event today:



** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** Pic 3 ** Pic 4 ** Pic 5 ** Pic 6 **



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** pp: Princesse Mary : Voyage à l'Âge des Vikings et anniversaire en chanson **
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A video from BB of the visit to the school, which lasted about an hour:

As you can tell it's an immigrant heavy school and there is a delightful interview with four third-graders. The first one: Explains that it was "utterly crazy" to be visited by Mary and the boy telss us that he was excited and slightly tensed before the royal visit.
The sweetest moment is the girl giggling.
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A large B.T. gallery with some seriously nice pictures

A little girl almost climbed onto Mary's lap.

Se billederne: Børnene var helt vilde med Mary | www.bt.dk

Video from Berlingske.dk
Mary fejrede den syngende folkeskole

School principal Peter Hegaard is quoted as saying: "There was a totally Justin Bieber-like atmosphere when Mary came."
Skole sang for Mary - Folkeskolen.dk
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