How to Study Abroad in Verona, Italy

Verona BridgeVerona, Italy, is  a beautiful city in northern Italy, that is rich with historic value. It is a great place for architecture and art history majors to study abroad, and of course if you want to learn to speak Italian, this is a great place for you too. The city has a population of around 715,000 people and is a main tourist attraction in Italy. Also, if you are a Shakespeare fan, you know that Romeo and Juliet was set in this city and you can still go see Juliet’s balcony.

So what else can you do while in Verona to really get the most out of your study abroad experience in this city? Here are EDUinReview’s tips for how to study abroad in Verona, Italy.

1. Go back in time at the Museo di Castelvecchio. This ancient castle was built in the 14 century. if you visit this castle, you will get a better understanding for what Verona was like before and during the Renaissance, when the city enjoyed it’s heyday as a cultural hub. There is also a museum in the castle which features many original works of art which are absolutely wonderful. You can also enjoy fantastic views of the city from the castle. I’d plan to be here for at least half the day; it really is a great place to spend a day.

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How to Study Abroad in Florence, Italy

Ponte VecchioFlorence has been the capital of Italy since 1865 and has a metropolitan population of 1.5 million people. Florence is famous for its historical and cultural significance in Europe since the Middle Ages. Considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence is a great place to study abroad if you are interested in  art history, classics, Italian, or history.

Have you decide that you want to study abroad in Florence? Here are EDUinReview’s tips for how to get the most out of your study abroad experience in Florence.

1. Go back in time at the Piazza della Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio. The Piazza della Signoria has been an important political center in Florence since the Middle Ages. The Palazzo Vecchio is the medieval town hall, which is located on the piazza. This is the most famous piazza in Italy and is a great place to soak up the culture. You can visit several public rooms and private apartments in the piazza, which have been decorated to appeal to tourists. Another great thing to do here is grab a cup of coffee at a café and read a book or watch people going about their daily lives.

2. Look up in Il Duomo. This Duomo is often overlooked when people think of cathedrals to visit in Italy. However, it is absolutely beautiful and you should definitely visit it if you are studying abroad in Florence. The dome of the Duomo is what is so amazing. When you walk into Il Duomo, look up so you can really appreciate the wonder of this dome. Designed by Brunelleschi, the dome is nearly 142 feet tall, making it taller than the domes at the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., St. Peters in Vatican City, and the Pantheon in Rome.  I recommend taking the tour which allows you to climb to the top of the dome to get a better look at the “Last Judgement” fresco painting and to better understand how Brunelleschi built the dome itself.

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Fresh Prep Lets Students Rap to Learn History

Studying for a standardized test can be dull, not to mention, very difficult. For high school students in New York City, the ultimate standardized tests are the Regents exams. How hard are these test? To give you an idea, here’s a sample question from this test goes something like this:

“Which idea did the founding fathers include in the Constitution that allows Congress to meet the needs of a changing society? 1. Federalism. 2. Separation of Powers. 3. The Elastic Clause. 4. States’ Rights.”

Pretty hard, right? So how should students prepare themselves for this test? They could pour over textbooks for endless hours, or they could sit with some their classmates and rap.

A new program called Fresh Prep is allowing students to do just that. Founded by the Urban Arts Partnership, Fresh Prep is attempting to help students pass the test so that they can graduate high school.

However, the students will have a hard time passing the test if they can’t understand the questions. Therefore, Fresh Prep “translates” the questions into a language that the students can understand.

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Miss USA Alyssa Campanella’s Education Background

Alyssa Campanella is an American beauty pageant contestant. On June 19, 2011, Campanella was crowned Miss USA after being crowned Miss California on November 21, 2010. EDUinReview will now take a look at the education background of this self-proclaimed “huge history geek.”

Campanella was born in Manalapan, New Jersey, on March 21, 1990. From an early age, Campanella has prized her intellect over her beauty. She is a natural blonde but dyed her hair red after starring in a school play where she portrayed a redhead. She kept her hair the darker hue because she did not want to be stereotyped as a “big, smelly dumb-dumb,” according to Bennington Vale Press. Campanella also claims to love history and says her favorite time periods are the Tudor and Stuart periods in English history. In addition to loving history, she says she is a “huge science geek, too” and believes in evolution and the Big Bang Theory.

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Hispanic History Banned in Arizona [VIDEO]

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne

In a state already rife with immigration battles, Arizona is banning Mexican-American studies and other “ethnic” studies classes from being taught in high school. The law will go into effect on December 31st. The law will prohibit any classes that “promote the overthrow of the United States government … promote resentment toward a race or class of people … (or) advocate ethnic solidarity instead of treatment of pupils as individuals.” Any school that does not comply can have 10 percent of its funding withheld.

Educators dedicated to keeping a Hispanic perspective alive in high school curricula are fighting back. Eleven teachers from Tucson, Arizona, are suing the state board of eduction and superintendent this week, calling the new law “anti-Hispanic.”

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne defended the ban. “In the lawsuit, they claimed that this legislation constituted discrimination,” Horne told CNN. “It’s exactly backwards. The idea behind the legislation is that students need to treat each other as individuals … and not what race they were born into.” He further claims that the classes teach students that Arizona “is occupied territory that should be given back.”

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Americans Badly Lack Knowledge of Civics

Here’s what I think is one of the most embarrassing things about the U.S. educational system at all levels, and a true educational crisis — the ridiculously low level of knowledge that Americans in general have about civics.  This includes a working knowledge of American history, the government, international relations, and economics.  This is all information that citizens need to make informed choices about who to vote for and what stand to take on elections.

Thus, as reported by USA Today, it’s no surprise that on a recent Civic Literacy test, Americans scored failing grades.  The average score on this test was 49 percent.  Perhaps even more depressing was this statistic: college educators scored only 55 percent! Read the rest of this entry »


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