According to Jens Jensen, "Instruction at The Clearing is non-competitive - there are no credits, no grades, no degrees, no pitting of one student against another." This method of teaching is what the Danes called "The Living Word." Discussion, conversation, nature study and hands-on work are emphasized, rather than learning just in the classroom, through reading and writing. The folk school experience at The Clearing is a unique combination of learning, history, tradition, social interaction and quiet reflection.