Dear readers, even if we are italian we have decided to write an article about the reasons why italian students prefer the american study method. As far as we could see in several statistics in Italy only 50% of students like attending school and only 9% love it, besides in America 90% of students do like attending school.
Let’s see the difference between italian schools and american ones. American students start their lessons at 7:30/8:00 a.m. and they finish at 2:30/3:30 p.m. The lunch break lasts 30/40 minutes and every 50 minutes they have 10 minutes to change the class and take the proper books from their lockers. In high school they can choose optional courses alongside obligatory ones. Students use to participate in extracurricular activities like: sport, clubs and voluntary association.
They are valued on four types of written tests: daily grades, quizzes, tests and end-of-year tests. Students who haven’t passed the exam can continue the following year repeating the exam.
In Italy school lessons start at 8:00 a.m. and finish at 2:00 p.m. In some schools students go to school on Saturday too. They eat at their home and they have a break every 2 hours. They don’t have lockers and they don’t change classes but their teachers do. In high school you can choose among a lot of different types of school that combine curriculum subjects with obligatory subjects. The extracurricular activities are remedial courses and strengthening ones. Students are valued through their written and oral tests. Every four months they receive a school report.
In conclusion, in the USA the education system is more focused on sports and group activities in order to facilitate social contacts and friendship relationships among students while in Italy according to our opinion these aspects are partially neglected.