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Page 14 POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 23, 2012 ,,m LO SAPEVATE CHE ... Coloro che intraprendono la carriera scolastica per un futuro migliore hanno spesso una certa difficolta' nella scelta delle scuole, o istituti, che preparano meglio soprattutto se si vuole continuare gli studi all'universita'. Secondo una ricerca della Fondazione Agnelli, I licei, sia classico che scientifico, ed alcuni istituti a livello superiore, sembrano ideali per ottenere una preparazione migliore di studenti che ottengono risultati eccellenti sin dal primo anno di studi universitari. Una notevole percentuale di altri studenti arrancano, proprio non ce la fanno. La scelta anche di un liceo, al posto di un altro, o di un istituto tecnico quotato, pubblico invece che di quello private, puo' determinare il successo universitario. Infatti gli studenti che provengono da certi licei, o istituti tecnici pubblici, sono piu' awantaggiati, piu' qualificati. Un dato interessante e' emerso dalla ricerca. Gli studenti provenienti da licei o istituti tecnici della provincia hanno mostrato in genere una preparazione superiore a quelli che erano venuti fuori da licei o istituti tecnici di grandi citta'. La provincia ha prevalso sulla grande citta'. La provincia ha anche battuto le scuole private ed anche quelle religi- ose precisamente negli anni scolastici 2007-2008 e 2008- 2009. Ovviamente esistono alcune eccezioni. A Milano, per esempio, un'Istituto Tecnico Commerciale, privato, e religioso, ha prodotto studenti ben preparati. DID YOU KNOW THAT ... Those who enter into a scholastic career for a better future often find some difficulty in choosing certain schools, or institutes, that offer a superior curriculum, in particular to those who choose to continue toward university studies. According to a research study conducted by the Agnelli Foundation, the Licei (undergraduate level), either classi- cal or scientific, as well as Institutes (also undergraduate level) appear to be ideal to get a better preparation where students score well since the freshman year at the uni- versity. A large percentage of other students struggle, just cannot make it. The choice of a Liceo or of an Institute instead of another, Public rather than private, can determine the success in post-graduate studies. In fact, students that come from par- ticular Licei, or Technical Institutes, have an advantage because they are better qualified. Some interesting data emerged from the study. Students who come from suburban Licei or Institutes have generally demonstrated a better preparation than those coming from the same level schools of big cities. Suburbia has prevailed over the big cities. The suburbs have also shown to have graduated better students than those from private or religious (Catholic) schools, dur- ing the schools years 2007-2008 and 2008-2009. No doubt there are some exceptions. In Milan, for example, the Busi- ness Technical Institute, private and religious, has gradu- ated excellent students. Traditions of the Season at the Paul Revere House Step back in time to the holiday season in 18 th cen- tury Boston with a visit to downtown Boston's two oldest houses, the Paul Revere House (c. 1680) and the neighboring Pierce- Hichborn House (c. 1711). 18  century music, food and drink set the mood while costumed interpreters re- veal sometimes surprising colonial holiday customs. Enjoy complimentary refreshments of mulled cider and delicious treats based on early American recipes served on the first floor of the Pierce-Hichborn House. Each afternoon from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm R. P. Hale plays overtures, melodies and Anglican Advent songs on a harpsichord and hammered dulcimer. Now through April 14 th the Revere House is open daily from 9:30 am to 4:15 pm except Mondays in January, February and March. The museum is closed on Thanks- giving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Members and North End residents admitted free at all times. For further information, please call the Revere House at 617-523-2338 or visit the museum's website l ! 1-877iiii! HELP!i 1 News Briefs (Continued from Page 1) like John Walsh and Phil Johnson tell it, Democrats are better than sliced white bread and Republicans just don't get it. Brown will soon be back home in Wrentham and U.S. Senator-elect Elizabeth War- ren will vote with the Demo- cratic leadership 99 percent of the time and still be called an independent Democrat. The NY Times Called Election Day a "Landslide Loss for Big Money" That was the editorial stance of the New York Times on Veterans Day. Liberals always connect big money with the Republicans when both parties benefit from big money. On September 28 th, the Boston Globe reported that billionaire socialist George Soros had given a Super PAC backing President Obama $I million. Soros also gave another half-million to two congressional super PACs, House Majority PAC and Majority PAC. Soros contribution to the super PAC Priorities USA Action arrived just as the group raised a record $I0 million in August 2012. Soros already donated an- other million dollars in early 2012 to the pro-Democrat super PAC American Bridge 21 st Century. Back during the 2008 election he donated millions too. This sounds like lots of big money to me. When big business doles out big money contributions that's bad but when big money comes to Democratic coffers that's okay? Democrats always bash the Koch brothers or a guy named Sheldon G. Adelson from Boston for giving Re- publicans those large cam- paign donations but remain silent when unions like AFSCME, SEIU, Teamsters, and UAW raise big bucks and send out the ground troops do likewise. Both parties are seemingly con- trolled by special interests. Look at Warren, she was seemingly bought and bossed by the Democrat establish- ment who went out and recruited her for the U.S. Senate. At her first press conference she looked like a deer staring into the head- lights of oncoming traffic turning to Governor Deval Patrick for help. It was pathetic to watch but no more so than what Demo- crats did on Election Day. Cultural War Not Looking That Good for Us as in the USA On Election Day, the fu- ture- predicted back at the 1972 Republican National Convention in Houston by Pat Buchanan seemed closer than ever. A failed president won over 300 Electoral Col- lege votes and 53 percent of the total vote over Mitt Rom- ney did it by taking 80 per- cent of the Black/Latino vote which amounted to 28 percent of the total vote cast. Even while only receiving 39 percent of non-Hispanic whites, he was still able to win re-election. Republicans have their work demographically cut out for themselves. They have to find a way to attract more Latinos, single women and younger Americans. When this country was founded, it was a nation based on three principles: liberty, limited government and only just enough taxes. Since the elec- tion, Democrats have been talking about "investments" and "balance." Both code words for spending and taxes respectively. Demo- crats received no big man- dates as Republicans were given a wakeup call by an angry electorate. People want the country moving for- ward again by both sides working together for the common good of all. Republicans didn't see their message rebuked as much as Democrats think it was. Republicans will need to look at how their message was received and why so poorly. U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Florida, lost in Florida and that was a major surprise but down in Texas voters are sending U.S. Senator-elect Ted Cruz, R-Texas, to Capi- tol Hill in January. Republi- cans didn't have a great day but it isn't the end of the world. However, the culture continues to change and the fears of Buchanan are now seen as real. We cannot how- ever be frozen in the past. We cannot either fear the future. We must learn how to manage it and use it to increase liberty, limit the size of government, keep taxes low and keep the republic that Ben Franklin saw as so fragile when speaking with that lady he met outside Independence Hall. She asked him, 'What have you given us, a repub- lic or a monarchy" and he re- sponded "A republic, madam, if we car{ keep it." ' Ke'B'e Jed for Secretary of Defense Post? Latest news says U.S. Senator John Kerry is being seriously considered for Defense Secretary by the Obama White House. It ap- pears that President Obama is likely to nominate Susan Rice, the current U.S. Am- bassador to the U.N. for Sec- retary of State. If Kerry were to become Defense Secre- tary, it would set the way for another special U.S. Senate election in the Bay State. U.S. Senator Scott Brown would probably run in that special election. Others ru- mored are former GOP Gov- ernor Bill Weld. The Demo- crats seem to be looking at U.S. Rep. Ed Markey, D. Does anyone know where Malden is anymore? Politics never dies in Massachusetts. Speaking of Brown U.S. Senator Scott Brown has vowed to devote his last few remaining weeks in the U.S. Senate probing the deadly Benghazi consulate September 11 th attacks. Said Brown, "The American people deserve to know what hap- pened. For the remaining amount of my term, I am going to do anything and everything I can to bring that issue to light." The Massachusetts Chapter of the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame Presents a Special Evening of Live Boxing at TD Garden on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 7:00 pm! Come meet legendary champions Tony DeMarco, Vinny Pazienza, Micky Ward, Marlon Starling, and John "The Quiet Man" Ruiz7 Professional boxing returns to the Garden with bouts featuring local contenders Danny O'Connor, Ryan Kielczewski, and Russell Lamour. Several amateur bouts and a box- ing memorabilia show will also accompany this event. Space is limited for ringside seats and proceeds will benefit select charities, includ- ing our National Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame. So join us for what is sure to be an exciting and truly memorable evening, while benefiting a great cause! Reservations are required, and to make yours, please contact: Pam Modugno at 781- 956-7441 or Payments must be made by December 7 th by check payable to: NIASHF MA, and mailed to P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113.