Nonetheless, I still believe that an Italian education (excepting for the oral exams and all the cheating), in terms of book-smarts, can still be superior to most anything the average U.S. school has on offer. Regardless, when it comes to taking on some of the afore-mentioned issues, animated discussions ensue at the dinner table on most everything.
This year, it was the posting of grades which tickled me pink. On Thursday, a kid had taken a picture of the results for his friends and put it up on his facebook wall. Because it was fuzzy, we called the school on Friday to ask when the grades would be posted (just to make sure it wasn't a photoshopped image). In response, we were told "Monday." So, this is when most of Italy catches onto the approximation of all public services. They start 'em early. Our teen replied, in perfect deadpan, "But if it's already on facebook?!" To which he received the reply - Monday - kicking off a few lessons in Italian living, Italy's 3R's:
1) Readying conspiracy theorists -- the friend had posted a mockup of final scores on his wall [he hadn't],
2) Recounting untruths (or approximations) -- since the woman had no idea when the posting would be made and just said the first thing that came to mind and
3) Responsibility - as in, not taking any / not getting informed / not venturing outside your own place of operations
|picture from Printable Home School|
The kids had never heard of a 'bell curve'.
Oh - and, in your ignorance, don't even try to ask if there was a year-end shindig to send them off into their summer festivities. You will be patently dismissed as an Alien life form. What an education this school year has been - at least for yours truly.