INTERVIEWS

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  1. Hi. I just found your lovely blog with many interesting observations that parallel my own.
    My wife is Torinese and has lived here in Boston for 7+ years along with our 6YO son.
    We are now thinking of moving back to Italy as my wife has some chronic health issues and our sense is that she may have less stress if we lived in Italy where at least she can count on food (we are down to about 4 dependable restaurants and I have to go to 3 grocery stores every week) and it is easier to ensure our son will learn English in Italy than vice versa – my wife teaches a twice weekly class for Italian kids and most reject Italian after about age 8.
    Our big dilemma about going to Italy is the schools… I agree that Italian schools are plenty rigorous, but am concerned that they are training people for a world that will not exist in 15 years (i.e., sit at your desk and uncomplainingly do unpleasant things for hours). We are thinking of Emilia-Romagna to try to find more exploratory primary schools. When he gets older, I can honestly envision just homeschooling him if it goes as I expect.
    It sounds like in the Italian system, our big worry for the near term is not about finding a good school, but in finding a good teacher. I’m not sure how we can do that where we are and with no connections to a community. Any suggestions are welcome!

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    1. Ciao e benvenuti nel mio blog! I am happy you enjoyed reading it and I am sure there is so much more to talk about the Italian school system. However, I am trying to reply to you questions about a possible relocation back to Italy, with all the concerns about schools. The first thought is that you should not go there with a comparative approach as you might only get frustrated. Just make your research and go and speak with the principal: ask the background of the prospective teachers of your son, the teaching methods they use and the amount of homework they assign. If the principal says the teacher has “a lot of experience”, I would not treat it as a positive point: usually older teachers do not have a Laurea (now a preferred title in public schools) and as the Italian school system is not based on merit, I doubt they did training or developed new teaching methods…
      Public or Private schools? Even if in general, private schools offer more in terms of better spaces and buildings, extra-school activities, and a more kid-centered environment, I would just say that when it comes to teaching methods and content, the difference is not relevant.
      So, if what you are looking for is something similar or close to the American system, and be willing to spend accordingly, I would suggest to consider an international school (I know the one in Chieri, close to Turin), or a Montessori school (very rare, but there is one in Turin).
      My final thought is that I can share your fears but keep looking for the right school for your kid, which I am sure is out there. The key is looking for, maybe just one, great teacher.
      Good luck!

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