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Old 12-21-2019, 02:05 PM
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I was interested to read about the difference in school, both in hours and curriculum. I recently watched a documentary with Michael Moore talking to Finnish students in their early to mid teens and comparing their education to the US and most of the western world.

He was amazed at the lifestyle approach to learning and how the kids were far more well rounded and better educated than their US peers with far less time spent in school and with little to no homework.

He's was staggered (as am I) by how many of the teens were not only bi-lingual but multi-lingual. I believe the Danish educational system and lifestyle is not too dissimilar, so that would mean the culture shock for Henrik and Athena must have been more than a litte unpleasant.

Marie speaking on their Danish style Christmas plans was almost a relief.
If that's the Michael Moore docu I remember, he also dealt with the French school system. In particular the emphasis on the food they are served in schools. - Because in many countries children have not eaten or at least had a healthy meal before coming to school, (Including DK) because they are poor, or because the children get up and go to school by themselves (or with other siblings) because both parents have already left for work.

I believe the French school-system is a little more formal (in regards to addressing the teachers) and more structured than in DK, with much more emphasis on individual classes, rather than themes involving and overlapping the various fields - say biology, Danish, science, math and orientation about the society in relation to a weekly theme about energy.
But keep in mind that Athena and Henrik attended a French school in DK. So the cultural shock may not have been that great.
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Old 12-21-2019, 02:30 PM
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French system is very formal in addressing the teachers, university included.
It was a bit of a shock when my master supervisor in the UK insisted that I use his first name when writing to him and stop starting my email by "Dear professor"

It is very rare that there is an overlapping theme across different classes except in dedicated courses that are made on purpose to mix two academic fields.

The 8 hours day is (IMO) very handy for working mums but maybe a bit long for students , Regular hours for children until 10 are 8h30 am to 4H30 pm it is even extended up to 6h30 pm on many schools for "personal study time" for a small fee.

I think that to give a fair comparison, number of students per class should be taken into account too. It is very common to have more than 30 students per class in France
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Old 01-29-2020, 08:20 AM
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Prince Joachim is nominated for one of this year's Danish Zulu Awards.

The Zulu Award is an audience award awarded by the Danish TV broadcaster TV 2 ZULU in the fields of film, television, music and sports.

Joachim is nominated for his successful documentary that was shown last year, the awards will be presented on February 16:


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Old 01-29-2020, 09:04 AM
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Thanks, Iceflower.

Well, that's an official pad on the shoulder from the "cultural-segment." He can't be displeased with that!

I only watched the first part (as I found the topic too broad for such a compressed coverage) but from what I hear it had a broad public appeal. History documentaries usually have here in DK, the series about Frederik IX was also huge success.
From what I understand the appeal was indeed very much down to Joachim. He is a fine narrator, as he speaks clearly and is used to addressing an audience. But it was more down to him being genuinely interested in the topic and asking the relevant questions to the relevant people - and allowing them to talk. Something many hosts and journalists tend to forget.
That is, that it's not about them, but about what whoever they are talking to is saying. (*)

It is IMO usually interesting to listen to someone, who is burning for a subject, but who at the same time can tell about the very same subject without sounding like a nerd. And that's where I get the impression that Joachim hit the mark.

So I think we are going to see more of Joachim on TV.
Because it worked! Joachim also seem to have been bitten by the documentary-bug and networks and producers do think in viewer ratings.

It also makes me reconsider my pet-theory that J&M will settle in France. They still might, but for me the pendulum is now swinging in the opposite direction. Because Joachim has found a purpose with his life, to replace what else he was going to do, now that he will gradually fade away as a primary royal. To be replaced by first Christian and I'm convinced Isabella as well.
- Apart, of course from his military engagement. He may remain an officer of the reserves. But being a full colonel he can't advance any further, unless he becomes a career officer. (If he goes professional I will predict he will become brigadier within a year or two.)
But I can also imagine Joachim being attached to the Defense Command or the Ministry of Defense or the staff school at the Military Academy as a civilian consultant. Or remain in France/Belgium for a couple of years in connection with NATO, or being the main Danish liaison officer in France, vis a vis the increasing military co-operation between France and DK.

(*) The outside DK, practically unknown TV-host and journalist Søren Ryge, is a master in that respect! He also has an uncanny ability to find ordinary people, with ordinary lives and make them extraordinarily interesting. Hence why his programs are so popular and continue to be interesting, even 20-30 years later.
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Thanks, Iceflower.

Well, that's an official pad on the shoulder from the "cultural-segment." He can't be displeased with that!

I only watched the first part (as I found the topic too broad for such a compressed coverage) but from what I hear it had a broad public appeal. History documentaries usually have here in DK, the series about Frederik IX was also huge success.
From what I understand the appeal was indeed very much down to Joachim. He is a fine narrator, as he speaks clearly and is used to addressing an audience. But it was more down to him being genuinely interested in the topic and asking the relevant questions to the relevant people - and allowing them to talk. Something many hosts and journalists tend to forget.
That is, that it's not about them, but about what whoever they are talking to is saying. (*)

It is IMO usually interesting to listen to someone, who is burning for a subject, but who at the same time can tell about the very same subject without sounding like a nerd. And that's where I get the impression that Joachim hit the mark.

So I think we are going to see more of Joachim on TV.
Because it worked! Joachim also seem to have been bitten by the documentary-bug and networks and producers do think in viewer ratings.

It also makes me reconsider my pet-theory that J&M will settle in France. They still might, but for me the pendulum is now swinging in the opposite direction. Because Joachim has found a purpose with his life, to replace what else he was going to do, now that he will gradually fade away as a primary royal. To be replaced by first Christian and I'm convinced Isabella as well.
- Apart, of course from his military engagement. He may remain an officer of the reserves. But being a full colonel he can't advance any further, unless he becomes a career officer. (If he goes professional I will predict he will become brigadier within a year or two.)
But I can also imagine Joachim being attached to the Defense Command or the Ministry of Defense or the staff school at the Military Academy as a civilian consultant. Or remain in France/Belgium for a couple of years in connection with NATO, or being the main Danish liaison officer in France, vis a vis the increasing military co-operation between France and DK.

(*) The outside DK, practically unknown TV-host and journalist Søren Ryge, is a master in that respect! He also has an uncanny ability to find ordinary people, with ordinary lives and make them extraordinarily interesting. Hence why his programs are so popular and continue to be interesting, even 20-30 years later.
If Prince Joachim manages to somewhat fill the shoes of Søren Ryge he'll turn into a very successful TV-personality. That man could turn the most seemingly boring subject interesting by humming a few words and then let the images do the talking. I especially remember a segment from an archaeological dig where he said nothing more than "De graver" (they're digging) and then let us listen to the archaeologists instead of the usual commentary chattering.
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