Here in the United States, a child may enroll in a private pre-school from the ages of three to four. At age five, it is mandatory that children enroll in Kindergarten. Similarly in Italy, students from age three-five will be enrolled in non-compulsory Scuola Materna (nursery school and Kindergarten). During their sixth year of life, children enroll in Scuola Elementare (Elementary School) for five years. These five years are focused on teaching the students a variety of courses: English, Italian, geography, science, math, and fine arts. Elementary school in the United States covers Grades one-five or one-six (“Italian Education System”, n.d.).
The students will then enter Scuola Secondaria Di Primo Grado (Middle School) from ages 11-14. Up until 2004, Italian students had to pass an exam to move on to the next level. This requirement has been abolished. In the United States, students are given standardized state tests to ensure quality and to help determine placements for the following years (“Italian Education System”, n.d.). As can be seen, primary school in Italy and the United are very similar. While Italian students in elementary school are required to learn English, American stude...
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...ous offices also differ with Italy’s being higher the USA. The minimum age limits to run for President, Senate and Congress in the Italy are 50, 40, and 25 respectively whereas in the USA the age limits are 35, 30, and 25 (“Italian Political System”, n.d.).
Both countries have complex systems for education and elections. In Italy, they have specialized high schools that guide students in their intendant path, while in the United States, we let students find their career paths post high school. In the United States citizens are allowed to vote at the age of 18 while in Italy the age limit varies based on the particular office one is voting for. Through the differences, we learn from one another on ways we can benefit our own country. Over the years both the United States and Italy have evolved in these two areas, and they will continue to change in the coming years.
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