Right to education in Denmark #4: the basic philosophy of Danish education
Principal Malene Nyenstad, who is the head of a regular Danish public school, explains the basic philosophy of the Danish educational system. She explains that for the Danish, the most important goal of education is to learn social skills. It is considered both a condition for learning subjects because they ‘believe that it is impossible to learn if you can’t manage your social life’, and one of the most important learning goals in life. As Malene says: ‘Of course it is also very important that they know how to read and how to do math, and how to speak English […] but if you don’t know how to relate to other people, then the rest doesn’t matter’.