This is Italy: Home-Ed

Home-education in Italy? It’s finally a thing!

Italy can be very slow to accept some things considered perfectly normal in other occidental countries. Home-education is one of those things.

We have one of the most beautiful Constitutions of the world, yet we do not know it. In the Italian Constitution it is written that the State establishes public schools for those kids whose families cannot directly provide education. Home-education is a right, public school is created in case it cannot be provided by the family.

Yet, people still ask if it is legal. They don’t know what you’re talking about if you tell them you are home-schooled, if you say you’re a self-taught student they will probably think you are rich and have private teachers and don’t need to go to public school.

But the number of families that choose home-education is increasing, there are almost a thousand now.

The newspapers are starting to talk about it, although not yet as a common occurrence but as something new that is only seeing the light recently.

Home-education is anything but new. It is the way human race has learnt for centuries: public schools are the news, the oddity in History. Home-ed is how we learn, from father to daughter, from trained man to apprentice. We learnt from experience before we learnt from books.

Public school has been a great conquest, the opportunity for everyone to receive some level of basic knowledge is not something to take for granted. But the shadow of the past, when ignorance made a lot of people slave to others, makes people wary of different kinds of education. 

Yet some people, especially now that Italian public school has so many flaws, are starting to see how sometimes home-education can give their children more than what public school could, concentrating on the individuals they are instead of offering them general knowledge. 

 

Check this website if you want to get a peek at a home-ed family in Italy: Scuola “Iqbal e Malala”

This is Italy: lateness

Want to know something about Italian people? They are always late.

Trust some of them to be late at their own damn wedding. In a lot of regions lateness is to be expected.

People who don’t know me are usually surprise when I always show up on time. In Romagna especially that’s an oddity. It really gets on my nerves, I find it so unrespectful when in formal environments people arrive late.

But they do it in good faith. They really don’t mean to upset you, they’re used to “take it easy” and “relax”.

There’s a slang word used here in Romagna as in other Italian regions too, “sciallo“, it kinda means “relaxed”, but in a lazy way. “Stai sciallo” means “relax, take it easy, calm down”. People here are in no hurry, they don’t rush their days, they take it easy. Most of the time too easy.

This is Italy: Medieval Fencing

When people say “Medieval Fencing” they don’t always know that they’re referring to Italian Medieval fencing. 

The most famous master of Medieval fencing was Italian, Fiore De Liberi (1350-1420 more or less) born in Premariacco (now Cividale del Friuli). 

He wrote a book about Medieval fencing, “Flos Duellatorum“, that is still studied today.