Middle Schools in Italy

Reading and wRiting Ramblings

A few months back I traveled abroad to Carpi, Italy where I had the amazing experience of working in an Italian Middle School alongside an Italian English teacher. Needless to say this was the best experience of my life, but I also learned A LOT! While there and reflecting back now, I realized/realize that adolescents everywhere really are exactly the same.

Middle School in Italy consists of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade similar to many middle schools in America. Because of this, the Italian students were going through a lot of the same issues as Americans kids.

Physically, of course it's the same! Italians go through puberty and all that fun stuff just the same!

Intellectually, the students appeared very curious, especially having an American in their class. They loved active learning such as dancing to the YMCA and playing baseball outside over lectures and worksheets.

Psychologically, the students seemed moody and self-conscious but also optimistic. It was obvious that they were searching for identity too, perhaps even more so than students in America. This is because high schools in Italy are specialized so students must know their career path by the end of eighth grade! A lot of pressure for fourteen year olds!

Socially, the Italian students were very active. The small town of Carpi consists of about 60, 000 people so it seemed that everyone in the school knew everyone else. It was a nice small community atmosphere.

Morally, the Italian students I worked with were very idealistic. They seemed to have a good grasp of right from wrong and the direction they wanted to go in life. In general, Italy is a very close-knit, family and community oriented place and the morals really reflect that.

Cliffs Notes Machiavelli's The Prince (Cliffs Notes)
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Good Middle School/High Schools

by ekkleesia

Hi, I am considering moving from Seattle WA to San Diego and my son (13) and I will need to find a reasonable area to live in with better schools. I will be working in the downtown in Little Italy. I heard Roosevelt MS is terrible so I'm wondering about the nicer suburbs of San Diego. Not ritzy but reasonable and in a crime free area. Thanks for all and any input to schooling and lifestyle!


by Sandiafaith

News reports have said that Pope Benedict has a cousin in Australia who is one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Perhaps the Pope wanted to know more about his cousin’s religion. KNOCKING was recently broadcast in Italy, Italian-speaking Switzerland, Monaco and – Vatican City! No word yet from Vatican residents on how much they liked KNOCKING.
In addition to Italy, KNOCKING has been broadcast in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Greece, Israel and the United States.
The DVD of the film is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese

There is a point I want to make.

by libertarianINflorida

[I have been a teacher for 18 yrs. The excuse that its the teachers fault American kids rank 25th in the world, is a bunch of crap. Just like the excuse that schools need more funding.]
I have a point to make we rank around 25th in the world out of the top 50 nations I assume are reasonably along the advanced nations line - correct. Like say Italy, Spain and the like. So we are in the MIDDLE of that group that is not bad. It seems to me if we have more practical education like vocational education focuses working with industry in High School and other reasonable reforms to optimize our workforce skills

Here's a starting point

by MrBuckin

History of hospitals
Brockliss, Lawrence, and Colin Jones. "The Hospital in the Enlightenment," in The Medical World of Early Modern France (Oxford UP, 1997), pp. 671–729; covers France 1650-1800
Chaney, Edward (2000),"'Philanthropy in Italy': English Observations on Italian Hospitals 1545-1789", in: The Evolution of the Grand Tour: Anglo-Italian Cultural Relations since the Renaissance, 2nd ed. London, Routledge, 2000.
Connor, J. T. H. "Hospital History in Canada and the United States," Canadian Bulletin of Medical History, 1990, Vol

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Where can I see/sit in/drive a Ferrari in Italy?

I'm going on a vacation to Italy and I really wanna see a Ferrari 458 Italia up close in person. That would make the whole trip for me. Also, if at all possible, I'd LOVE to take one for a lap around a track. Is this possible? If so, where? Cost is no object.

I'll just add that most of the uber-expensive cars in the world can't be "test driven" like you would a Toyota. Even if you are really intending to buy a Maserati, they won't let you take it out for a spin, usually. First you buy it, then you drive it. Going to a Ferrari dealership expecting them to just let you hop in a car and go for a joyride is unrealistic at best. It's not like it's a new idea, either. If that is what you're thinking is..

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