Thursday, May 31, 2012

where to put the footie ?

Preliminary timetable for next year.

I hope the big boys football club meets up after 6 pm

Why can't he do volleyball? Their scedual fits in perfectly with InterHigh School and all the other stuff crammed into his day.

I need my sister to look at this, I'm sure an organised person would make less of a meal (and pig's ear) out of creating a timetable.

I need to fit in two hours for Italian history and geography in this. But WHERE?

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Did the earth move for you too?

Fucking hate earthquakes. The sofa undulated under me. And not for a few seconds. Several times. I just sat there (under a beam, obviously) wondering why my body was playing tricks on me. Heart goes out to all those who felt the full force and are having to manage the aftermath.

I can haz procrastination...?

Monday, May 28, 2012

Home Ed in Italy friendly Lawyer

So, I teach a lawyer. His English is advanced. I have "turned" him HE-wise. He used to be highly skeptical, but I brought him around (and not by tortuing him with phrasal verb homework until he begged for mercy and said "ok ok I give up, Homeschooling is quite a good idea really", all thanks to reasoned debate I promise ( :
Anyway,he has been invaluable with helping me understand my legal position and is on call to dive in and batter the authorities with lawerly rightousness if they get funny with me over my insisting they respect the law when it comes to the annual exam.
So I asked him how he would feel about being possibly contacted by other homeschoolers, especially those who do not have fabby Italian and feel overwelmed trying to manage the process in the "wrong" language. He is up for it, but less than impressed by my desire to publish his name and number. So if anybody feels they need a lawyer who has an understanding of the laws involved and speaks English, please ask for contact details on my brand new special "Home ed in Italy only" email address.
There is another lawyer who I know has solid experience dealing with HE in Italy, don't know about his English though. Will find out and let people know.

Friday, May 25, 2012

My Greek Tragedy

Fecking Eurozone. Months and months of trying to work out complicated economic political stuff and all I can conclude with any real conviction is....."it's all gone horribly wrong".
Well that's just effing brilliant.
Cos the austerity measures due to come into force very soon mean we can no longer realistically afford to have MIL live in her own home with a carer.
So she is moving in with me. And her carer is heading back to Peru cos he says the future is too bleak over here and over there offers better opportunities.
I think in the name of all things fair that she should go and live with a Euro MP...or even Monti. Or (evil cackle) a banker!
I reckon everybody in the Eurozone should support my campaign to have bankers and politicians share their home with my MIL. Cos I guarantee that with three weeks of her being their room-mate they will enter stage left, wailing, rending their clothes and happily signing any legislation you ask them that prevents them from fucking up the world economy in the name of personal profit EVER AGAIN!!......, just as long as we promise to let them have their home back sans the human version of the Energiser bunny (with extra added psychosis).

Game Changer.

This could change the face of home education, home schooling, unschooling (delete as personally applicable) as we know it….in Italy.

The exams are NOT a legal requirement.

Can I repeat that for effect…with drum roll please.

The exams are NOT a legal requirement.

However we are in Italy, so expecting something simple, tidy and automatic in terms of bring reality and on paper requirements into line is not that reasonable ( :

Basically there is a ministry circular that states home schoolers must sit an annual exam. It does not cite a law, just baldly states the obligation exists.

There is a relevant law, but guess what!

 It says our kids have a *right* to take the exam.

No mention of our kids *having* to do it, a case rather of the school  having to provide the exam should we desire it.

How cheeky is that LOL. 

(that is an ironic LOL by the way, I don’t thinking it is haha funny at all. The jammy baskets pulled a fast one on me. I find that not gigglesome at all. But it is ironic LOL as a response to the discovery of slight legal fudging, or a month long chunter…and I’m too busy for an extended chunter at the moment).   

A right becomes an obligation with slight of hand with a side serving of innocent, wide eyed blinking in place of citing an actural real live law to back up their commandment from on high.

Jammy gits got away with it as well.

I have to admit, even after I read the relevant law and circular about a 100 times thinking “there must a be a tiny clause somewhere that contradicts the letter and spirit of the law and supports the circular”…but no. It really is that bald faced.

I even tortured entertained one of my students (who happens to be a lawyer) by making him read it all a million times to confirm that, no I’m not mad. The ministry is making up obligations they can’t enforce because there are no legal teeth to add bite to this regulation based woof.

So watch this space, cos I am about to inform my school  director (in the nicest possible terms) that we do not wish to exercise our right to an exam and we do not accept said exam is obligatory.

Being in Italy, even with my personal "legal eagle" giving me the go ahead, this could turn into a tussle. Don’t forget I’m dealing with the same director who told me (what feels like a half a bleeding century ago) that homeschooling was totally illegal here and I would end up in handcuffs if I tried to do it. So I’m pretty sure he won’t just take my word for it. 

I've found bureaucracy here can get a bit shouty and “do as you are told plebe! How very, very dare you argue and demand fact checking!!!”,  before gracelessly conceding some 6 weeks later “oh actually, as you were, seems you weren’t wrong, never mind, don’t hold your breath for an apology for the initial misinformation or you’ll end up turning blue and your head will explode” .

I’ll blog it as it happens.

(chanels Katie Adie like mad)

(imagines self in flak jacket with microphone outside of school breathlessly reporting that we have permission to meet the dictator director)

If it all goes well and research thus far translates into practical application, everything changes.

You want to come here and unschool your kid, follow your own country's curriculum, or just not replicate the Italian ministerial curriculum in terms of great gobs of grammar and text analysis...... all without fear of exam performance hanging over your head, you’ll be able to.

So wish me luck.

Cos I’m going over the top chaps.

(end hyperbole)


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