June 18, 2008

Its Greek to me

On your mark, get read, GO. The maturità exams have begun. My son arrived at school for the first day at 7:30am and left at 3.30pm during which time he participated in the "prima prova" -- an essay. EIGHT hours (???). Yes. That is the time allocated for one essay.

First all backpacks had to go in a corner and cell phones in a box. Then there were sheets of paper to be counted and signed and instructions given before the theatrical entrance of the carabinieri. Why the police you (and I) may ask. The police deliver the official envelope with the essay questions to distribute. Two hours had already passed before the essay questions were in hand. Six more to go.

Out of the five choices, M. chose the one on science and technology. He seemed fairly pleased with the final result but he wished he had managed to make it more linear. I wonder if anyone will notice? Maybe his desire for linear thinking comes from elsewhere. In any case, from what he described over supper, he covered a lot of territory.

and tomorrow, it starts all over again....this time, Greek.

will it end? When will the students know when the oral exams begin? Not until the professors figure out how long it will take to correct the written ones. Why can't they estimate that time in advance, since they have been doing this for many, many years? "By the 30th at the latest" is the best they can do as a response.

It is not to ask, but to simply shrug and follow.


a domani,


Gori Girl said...

Sounds... intense! My husband's from India, and it has the same education philosophy of massive tests upon which a child's future hangs. While I'm not completely against such things (personally, I'd probably be at an advantage in such a system), I do think it can be tough for students who don't deal well with test pressure. Wishing your son great result on his exams! It seems a bit mean to be holding these exams at the same time the Euro Cup is going on, though...

By the way, I've been following this blog for a little while, and I'm really enjoying it.

Kataroma said...

I had to do similar exams at the end of high school in Australia. Luckily for me, I'm good at exams. It was sad for the people who were not good though. I had one friend who missed out on a spot at university by one mark!

Things were a bit more organised in Australia though and no police officers!

Dame Aurélie said...

ah, "pazienza"........ THE word.