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Gabriella Araimo

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A school where fees depend on wealth,where students can borrow books instead of buying them and learn through games,music,acting and debates

A new high school for Italy ( and the world):
1. You have to pay a school fee depending on how much money you have, but you don't have to buy any book or computer because the school lend them you
2. Every subject is teached in a more interesting way: maths through games, physics and biology through experiments ,languages through music and acting, history and philosophy through reading and debates, art through practice
3.Each classroom has two teachers: one is older and/or with more experience and another one is younger and/or more enthusiastic, one teaches practice and another one explains theory, an actor or a musician work swith a language teacher; this help students also dealing with two different points of view in every situation
4. There are lessons in the afternoon, so students who live far from the school will eat at the school canteen
5. Each two weeks there will be a test or a lesson made by groups of students who have worked together on a specific topic
These are examples of school days:
Monday:
8:00-10:00 French and acting, break, 10:15- 12:15 History, Philosophy , documentary and debate, break, 12:30- 13:30 current affairs, break and lunch, 15:00- 16:30 sport, break, 16:45- 18:15 homework of a subject studied in the morning (some teachers help the students that have difficulties), end of the lessons ( no homework at home!)
Tuesday ( same timetable):
Maths and games, break, physics and experiments, break, latin, break and lunch, art and painting, homework, home
Wednesday:
English and music, break, Biology, Chemistry and open-air lessons, break, informatic, break and lunch, sport, homework, home
My purpose is to create a high school that prepares not only for University, but also for social life. What is your opinion?

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Closing Statement from Gabriella Araimo

I want to thank each of you for the precious, interesting and appropriate contributions that opened my eyes and made me more conscious of the problems of any education system. First of all, the funding problem, the difficulty in convincing governments to invest in school expecially during a period of crisis. Second, the natural differences among human intelligences, interests and aptitudes. Third, vandalism. Fourth, the risk that an emphasis on debate can encourage students to find strong arguments to win rather than to understand.
However, some of us have proposed practical solutions, others have shaped their personal experience, others have simply appreciated (the no homework aspect, for example). All of these things make me hope in the future: answers are only to be found. Godspeed to everyone!

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  • Dec 28 2012: I love your model but I would like to ask for two considerations: 1 - a kid will and can learn at an astounding rate if he is interested. Finding that field for any individual is the problem. My solution, sit the kid in his parents lap in front of an internet link and let the kid sift through all that information until he finds some gold. Start real young, a couple of sessions a week. By the time he hits puberty he'll know less about more things rather than more about fewer. 2 - All men are not created equal. I think the latest election proves that point. The first things an education should do is teach the child how to learn.encourage the child to design his own curriculum and most importantly to guide the student over the inevitable obstacles one faces on any journey.My obstacle, math. Couldn' go over, had to go around.
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      Dec 29 2012: 1- Your solution is really interesting! Kids learn at a different rate and maybe surfing the Net to find useful information will help a lot, keeping in mind that real life and situations can't be replaced.
      2- All men are not equal, that's true. Maths is often an obstacle for a lot of students, and I'm convinced that we should think a new way to teach it. For example, using more teachers who can work with a small group of students in the afternoon and create with their collaboration a personal teaching plan.
      Have you ever heard of "Khan Academy"? It's a website where you can learn Maths through little steps. Maybe it's too late, but you can have a look anyway.

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