Comparative school systems. This is not a Pindar flight but comparing school systems, although two completely different realities, helps to understand in which direction to go for a healthy and correct training of the little ones.
Comparing the Italian school system with the Finnish one is almost impossible even if there are real points of excellence in Italian territory, especially with regard to primary school, however, the difference between the school systems between the north and the south it is large and holds. great, the difference in the whole cycle of studies of the school population. In education, Italy spends little and badly both as a percentage of GDP and as a percentage of total public spending, Italian investments are below the EU average. And the result is a high dropout rate and an alarming postgraduate unemployment rate and go The WeWorld report shows that the school system Italian is one of the more stressful in the world. In addition, the school in Italy is even more penalized by the pandemic.
But the school schedule, with the relative recoveries of Agnone’s primary school, is unfortunately a reality that is light years away from the Finnish one, but even if she wants to stay in Italy, Agnone is not so much oriented towards the needs of teens. students, in terms of a self-reproducing school organization, vaguely self-referential, as in most Italian schools
Specifically, the choice of the current school timetable, adopted from January 2022 for the short week, divided into five days from Monday to Friday, free Saturday, is proof in part. The children enter the school at 8.10 am and leave at 1.50 pm with two breaks of about 15 minutes each. During the week the children also recover. Virtually first graders are forced to sit at desks for many hours, and in addition, the school does not offer canteen service, therefore. struggle to find time to rest and see how their stress level increases, also related to the burden of homework
In Finland, on the other hand :
“ At the age of seven, Finnish children start compulsory schooling, which lasts nine years. Around the age of 16 they can decide whether or not to continue their studies
It is considered the best school system in the world.
Classes last 60 minutes, with 45 +15 breaks.
Monday to Thursday 8 hours a day, Friday until 1pm and free Saturday.
In Finland, school education is completely free.
Parents don’t pay a dime for anything.
All at the expense of the state. Each child receives a free state tablet and all textbooks are placed on the tablet so children do not have to carry heavy backpacks.
School food is free, varied and clean, and each student can get what they want and how much they want.
Every investment in a country’s education is an investment in its future.
This is the most important investment.
The educated nation is the engine of both the economy and health and justice … ”
It can be called the Finnish school the school of the matter. The ability to ask questions is privileged over the ability to give pre-packaged answers. Listening and observation by the teacher prevails over their direct intervention. You learn by doing and until the 13th there are no notes.
Also, keep in mind that a Italy, the national average of graduates of 22.4% is the lowest in Europe (Eurostat data 2013), Europe aims for 40% of graduates by 2020.
Perhaps rethinking rites and symbols could help regain awareness and social recognition in our education system as well.