Allen Schaidle 2014 Global Scholars Symposium

Title: An Italian Education: Comparing Italian & American Middle Schools

Abstract: Comparing schools, no matter if they exist five or 500 miles apart, is a difficult task. There is no blueprint for constructing great schools. Schools are the accumulation of copious complex factors. When examining educational institutions, one needs to examine the influences of culture, economics, and society. During this presentation, I will compare and contrast overarching themes between Italian and American middle schools. At first, the two systems may seem comparable, but the undertones reveal distinctive characteristics.

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