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Page t 4 POST,GAZETTE, APRIL-1,3, 2012 LO SAPEVATE CHE ... Molti giovani studenti, tra I 16 ed i 18 anni d'eta', hanno lasciato la scuola in Italia per studiare all'estero. Dove vanno? In passato la meta preferita erano gli Stati Uniti e il Canada. Negli ultimi anni, dal 2009, molti studenti hanno scelto la Russia, la Cina, l'India, l'Australia ed il Sud America. Perche' vanno via? Perche'la riforma scolastica Gelmini, ispirata alla frugalita' Berlusconiana, ha letteralmente rovinato la scuola pubblica italiana. All'estero gli studenti hanno scoperto scuole che provvedono ogni necessaria aassistenza agli studenti che hanno rischiato il titolo di studi in Italia, di un paio di anni appena. Questi studenti pionieri vanno via per almeno tre mesi, fino ad un intero anno. L'esperienza acquisita va oltre Io studio della lingua (straniera), ma ha come obiettivo di far conoscere ai ragazi italiani altri moduli educative e di istruzione. Nell'anno 2010, 4,200 studenti hanno lasciato gli studi liceali. Un'alta percentuale ha scelto di stare all'estero per un intero anno scolastico, mentre il 39% ha scelto I programmi semestrali. Per il 2011, si prevedevano almeno 10,000 studenti diretti all'estero. Questo esodo, pero', costa pareccchio alle famiglie. Per un programma trimestrale ci vogliono almeno 6,000 euro, che aumentano se il periodo d'istruzione, fuori la scuola italiana, diventa piu' lungo. II deenaro deve essere sborsato alla scuola italioana. Naturalmente,le spese all'estero sono a carico della famiglia,mmenoche' gli studenti ottengano borse di studio (all'estero). Glistudenti vengono ospitati in famiglie, e seguono corsi di studio molto simili a quelli in Italia. AI loro ritorno gli studenti devono superare un esame integrativo per continuare gli studi interrotti. Ecco gli effetti della riforma educativa berlusconiana. DID ,YOU KNOW THAT ... Many young students, ages 16 to 18, have left their pub- lic school in Italy to study abroad. Where do they go? Once the United States were their top choice, followed by Canada. Recently, since 2009, many have chosen Russia, China, India, Australia and South America. Why dothey leave Italy? Because the Gelmini school reform has literally ruined the Italian public school system. The students have discovered that schools abroad take good care of the students, who have risked their degree in Italy by going away the last two years. These pioneer students go abroad for at least three months, and up to a year. The newly acquired experience goes beyond the study of the (foreign) language, with the objective to make their former Italian students aware about other education models and instruction as well. In the year 2010, 4,200 students left their college schooling. A higher percentage has chosen to stay abroad for a full school year, while 39% has chosen a six month school period. For the year 2011, at least 10,000 students will go abroad. Such exodus, however, costs a lot of money to the families. For an 3 month period (abroad), at least 6,000 euro are needed, a cost that goes up if the schooling gets longer. Money must be disbursed to the Italian school. Of course, the expenses to study abroad are also the responsibility of the family, unless the student can get a scholarship (abroad). The students are guests of families, and follow a curriculum close to the one in Italy. When they come back, the stu- dents must pass a comprehensive exam in order to com- plete their studies in Italy. That's the outcome of Berlusconi's education reform! News Briefs (Continued from Page I) With hindsight, too bad Cahill just didn't retire from his job as State Trea- surer rather than run as an Independent candidate for governor. Senators Seek Probe of Password Demand Two U.S. senators are ask- ing the U.S. Justice Depart- ment to investigate whether employers who are requiring job applicants to hand over secret passwords to Facebook and other social media sites are violating federal law. U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, (D-NY) and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, (D-CT) will ask the Equal Employ- ment Opportunity Commis- sion to examine this recent practice. Recently, Facebook said reports that some busi- nesses were asking appli- cants for passwords in order to view private postings and photos as part of the appli- cation process was in their words "alarming." The two lawmakers said this new employer prac- tice could be violating fed- eral anti-hacking statues. Schumer stated, "Employer has no right to ask job applicants for their house keys or to read their diaries. Why should they be able to ask them for their Facebook passwords?" Blumenthal added that by forcing job ap- plicants to provide login in- formation, employers could gain access to protected information that employers have no right to use in the hiring process which could include religious affiliations and sexual categories. Kudos to both Schumer and Blumenthal for pushing this very important employment issue to the attention of the U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. I believe an EEOC probe will help remedy such ongoing intrusive and coercive practices which only recently came to light. Kudos to both Schumer and Blumenthal who believe this new employer prac- tice could very well be in violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, which prohibits intentional access to electronic information without or in excess of authorization. Point-counterpoint Up in New Hampshire I started reading my friend's copy of the Merrimac Journal up in New Hamp- shire. They have a great running political point- counterpoint going on be- tween incumbent U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta (R-First Dis- trict) and former U.S. Repre- sentative Carol Shea-Porter who he beat in the 2010 con- gressional race. In one of her recent pieces on Febru- ary 17, she rails against the Keystone pipeline project and asserts that somehow the infamous (only to lib- erals) Koch brothers are connected to the pipeline. However, I liked a letter writer's reaction to her piece who stated, "Funny in her four years in Congress never once did she decry billion- aire anti-American George Soros' bankrolling Demo- cratic initiatives ... (Shea- Porter) could always be counted upon as a reliable vote for the fringe leftist wing of the Democratic Party." With the price of gasoline rising, the Democrats are nervous about being blamed for higher prices across the economy that comes from pump prices. You can't blame Bush for higher prices and exempt Obama from the same criticism. Shea-Porter's columns are looking more and more like yesterday's newspapers yellowing with age. Her opinions are outdated too. Two years ago, illness sent her packing from Washing- ton when voters just got too sick and tired of her views. Forty-seven Percent of Us Did you know that 47 per- cent of Americans pay no income tax what-so-ever? One time we would have been shocked by this news but today it is hardly surpris- ing to any of us. What hap- pens in a few years when there are more people in the wagon than pulling it? When taxpayers get outnumbered by those collecting all the government free stuff, how soon before our democratic republic gets turned into a failed European socialist gov- ernment like Greece, Italy, Portugal or Spain? It is un- sustainable to keep giving away free stuff. Eventually, the piggy bank empties and when governments arrive at this fork in the road, it usu- ally leads to mass rioting by folks looking for more free stuff. Did you know that the Obama Administration has added over $5 trillion to the long-term debt of this nation or that our long-term debt is now approaching $16 tril- lion? Obama has been as failed a leader as the failed stimulus, son of stimulus and grandson of stimulus. We keep spending more than we have and expect things to change. People are hopeless and frustrated. The higher and higher gas prices at the pump are making the American people angry at a do-nothing administration that can talk the talk but not much of anything else. Talk of Many Things (Continued from Page 6) BOSTON'S WOUNDED VET RIDE APRIL 28 This 30 mile motorcycle ride and BBQ presented by the Italian American War Vets (www.TheyFoughtWe Ride.corn) has a big purpose: to support two of New Eng- land's severely wounded U.S. Marines: Cpl. Evan Reichen- thal and Cpl. Greg Caron. It will all start at 1:30 pm at the Harley Davidson, 1760 Revere Beach Parkway in Erett. The parade route wil come down Bennington Steer to Chelsea Street and th:ough Maverick Square. It rods at 2:30 pm at ITAM Pot 6 on Paris Street. Cane watch the bike riders arrive at the finish line. There will be a closing cer- emony, a cookout, raffles and live music by Avalanche with special guest Louie St. August of MASS. All donations can be sent to "Wounded Vet Ride," 60 Paris Street, East Boston, MA 02128. For more information on everything, call Andrew Biggio at 903-340-9402. As Representative Carlo Basile says, "I am asking that all residents come out to support and salute these two wounded veterans who sacrificed so much for our country and our free- dom. These two young men are true American heroes." LAWMAKERS SHOULD WAIT FOR LAW ENFORCERS BEFORE WEARING HOODIES Recently, a group of our state legislators up on Beacon Hill donned hoodies in a silent protest at the Statehouse to bring atten- tion to the killing of Trayvon Martin down in Florida. Rep. Cheryl Coakley-Rlvera, (D-Springfield) who orga- nized the event was photo- graphed by Boston Metro wearing her hoodie bearing her homemade message "Trayvon Martin 2-23-12 Justice." Wouldn't it be nice if our lawmakers waited for law enforcement to finish investigating and collecting the facts in the case? For information on advertising in the LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Middlesex Probate and Family Court 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 Docket No. MI12P1603EA Estate of ANGELE BOGGHOSSIAN Date of Death December 14, 2011 CITATION ON PETITION FOR FORMAL ADJUDICATION To all interested persons: A Petition has been filed by Armen Roupenian of Plymouth MA requesting that the Court enter a formal Decree and Order of testacy and for such other relief as requested in the Petition. And also requesting that Armen Roupenian of Plymouth MA be appointed as Personal Representatives(s) of said estate to serve Without Surety on the bend. You have the right to obtain a copy of the Petition from the Petitioner or at the Court. You have a right to object to this proceeding. To do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance and objection at this Court before 10:00 AM on May 3, 2012. This is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline by which you must file a written appearance and objection if you object to this proceeding. If you fail to file a timely written appearance and objection followed by an Affidavit of Objec- tions within thirty (30) days of the return date, action may be taken without further notice to you. The estate is being administered under for- mal procedure by the Personal Representa- tive under the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code without supervision by the Court. Inven- tory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but recipients are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. WITNESS, Hon. PETER C. DiGANGI, First Justice of this Court. Date: April 5, 2012 Tara E, DeCristofaro, Register of Probate Run date: 4/13/12 WWW.BOSTON POSTGAZETTE.( :OM