Category Archives: education

Strange fruit

Two items in today’s newspapers here that throw an oblique light on each other and on Italian society as a whole. The first is about the decision of the Ku Klux Klan to conduct a recruitment campaign in Italy on … Continue reading

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Democracy at work

Children and religion. Following on from the post below, it seems that not only the Dalai Lama doesn’t get it. A scientific high school in Cesena, in Emilia Romagna, has suspended one of its maths teachers for two months without pay. … Continue reading

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Well, it’s good to be reminded once again who really runs Italy. When it emerged that the Treasury was planning to reduce the amount of funding provided by the Italian state to catholic schools, it took no more than a … Continue reading

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Jam and jewels

The EU is looking into why religious education teachers in Italian schools receive preferential treatment: less rigorous selection (they’re handpicked by the local bishop) and better salaries. Not that they do teach religion, any more than a geography teacher who … Continue reading

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Words are also actions

I saw two films on TV over Christmas that touched me deeply, in different ways. The first was The Motorcycle Diaries by Walter Salles, based on the journals kept by Che Guevara and his friend Alberto Granado during a life-changing … Continue reading

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I am human just like them

Johann Hari may have got it wrong about Iraq (and, if I remember correctly, he’s acknowledged this more than once) but he’s spot on when he talks about homophobia. His article in today’s Independent, examining the way gay kids are … Continue reading

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