The Italian Minister of Education encouraged the purchase of ebooks for schools

The Family Law was passed by the Italian Senate on April 6, 2022. It is a biological reform of family principles, including a set of measures designed to assist families with their social and educational activities with children.

Other objectives: to combat declining birth rates, promote child development, promote youth autonomy, and encourage the reunification of family life and professional life.

Assistance to buy school books

Among the various initiatives introduced, there is one concern about publishing: the introduction of financial aid for less well-off families, the allocation of textbooks for students enrolled in college or high school.

Textbooks play a central role in education and, in particular, the learning processRicardo Franco Levy, President of AIE (Associazione Italiana Editori), commented in a press release, “Recognized as a necessary tool for training citizens and contributing to the social and economic growth of the country

Paolo Tartaglino, president of AIE’s School and Education Publishers Group, said:Following this first concrete step, AIE hopes that application decrees will be followed quickly, as needed so that families benefiting from the assistance can have the fastest access to state and regional arrangements for the right to study in an integrated and integrated manner. And as direct as possible. A

Digital in school: a good idea?

Another measure, however, has been taken by the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR) to reduce spending limits for school textbooks and to encourage the purchase of digital learning equipment.

So if families are helped to buy school books thanks to family law, schools, due to budget, are forced to support other teaching aids, especially digital ones, where not all children have adequate technical equipment and certain surveys emphasize the importance of reading on paper, especially For quite a long text.

In fact, note MI No. 5022 of February 28, 2022, the purpose of which is ” Accepting textbooks in schools of all types and classes – 2022/2023 school year “, Further lowers the spending limit for textbook purchases, taking it as a fiction”Reducing the cost of all textbook endowments as a result of digital switchover and availability of technical support

A. Pieralli, a literary and Latin teacher of the Peruvian Liceo Linguistico e delle Scienze Umane, wrote a letter expressing the views of many teachers, which was sent to MIUR and was published.Della is the best in Korea.

Books “Paper “To learn to think

The teacher first mentioned that “Digital switchover and availability of technological mediaMany Italians are not yet active in public schools. He says that “The paper textbook is also an essential tool in class 4.0[…] Especially at a time when textbooks are probably the only paper book that most so-called “digital natives” will encounter on their way.

In fact, teenagers often have limited digital skills in using social networks, and communication with books is invaluable: “Paper books […] Those are the only things that one can know (and possibly appreciate) about the slow time of reading and reflection.A

The professor also cites prestigious international research which proves that reading on paper is sometimes more effective than reading through electronic devices.

He specifically mentioned in a 2008 studyInternational Journal of Books(Volume 5, n ° 2), “The Millennial Attitude Towards Books and E-Books” and research conducted by Ann Mangen, publishedInternational Journal of Educational Research(Vol. 58, 2013).

In fact, two groups of 36 high school students read two lessons to a Norwegian researcher: he gave the first one a paper text and the other a PDF file to read on a computer screen. Both groups did reading comprehension exercises. And here is the researcher’s conclusion:Students who read paper texts scored significantly higher in text comprehension than those who read digital texts.Is it a coincidence?

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