In The Danish Way of Parenting; What the Happiest People in the World Know about Raising Confident, Capable Kids (TarcherPerigee, 2016), authors Jessica Alexander and Iben Sandahl describe a common Danish school practice called Klassen Time or “Class’s Hour”.
During these periods, children share traditional cakes and talk to each other. The long-term goal is for students and teachers to find solutions to unresolved problems they may have with each other, in the classroom, or at home to create a culture of openness and understanding.
Say the authors, the ability to show empathy is a learned skill that must be reinforced daily in the light of rising narcissism – a consequence of the digital “selfie” culture in which many teens live. Therefore, empathy is considered as important as maths in Danish schools, and is woven nationwide into curricula.
In the United States of America, a greater focus is being placed on socialemotional learning, says blog www.edweek.org. But recent terror attacks and racist shootings in the US and mass migrations in other parts of the world have revealed that students have a generalised heightened fear of difference. Says author Ariel Tichnor-Wagner, students will need to acquire global empathy to solve global problems in the future.
If you would like to try the Klassen Time kage (“the Class Hour cake”), visit http://www.dk-kogebogen.dk/opskrifter/ visopskrift.php?id=25377.
Category: Summer 2016