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Individual Italian Schools: Liceo Bianca Villa


Figure 1.--Here we see a class at the Liceo Bianca Villa in 1958. The boys look about 9-10 years old. Quite a number of the boys wear smocks, although not as many as in 1957. Note how the teacher has put them in the front row.

We do not know where the Liceo Bianca Villa was located. Of course it could be the Liceo located in Bianca Villa where ever this was. We do not know when the school was founded, but believe it operated most of the 20th century. The image here shows a class at the school in 1958 (figure 1). All that we know about it was that the school was a liceo, although that term was variously used in Italy. Here it looks to be a primary school. The school at the time seems to have incouraged the boys to wear smocks, but did not require it.

The School

All that we know about it was that the school was a liceo, although that term was variously used in Italy. This liceo looks to be a primary school. We assume that it is a boys' school. (This is not always obvious, because some schools had separate classes for boys and girls.) Here since we have images of several classes we believe that it probably was a boys' school.

Liceos

We have found the names for Italian schools to be confusing. The school system has changed over time. The term "liceo" seems to be used to describe a primary school. Primary schools were also called scoulas. We have also seen it used to describe a secondary. We also note the term ginasio used for secondary schools. Private schools might use the terms differently. A private liceo might be more of a college in the European sence of a combined primary-secondaty school.

Location

We do not know where the Liceo Bianca Villa was located. Of course it could be the Liceo located in Bianca Villa where ever this was. Bianca Villa of course means white village. We are guessing gthat this might suggest a town along the southern Adriatic coast, but hopefully our Italian readers will know more.

Chronology

We do not know when the school was founded, but believe it operated most of the 20th century. We note school portaits from the school from the 1950s and 60s. The image here shows a class at the school in 1958 (figure 1). The available images shows how schoolwear changed during this period. There seems to have been quite a bit of change in how the boys dressed between 1957-60. We were a little surprised to see so much change in such a relatively short period. In particular we note that smocks which were once commonly worn in just a couple years seem to have completely disappeared at the school. Some of the variations in the class portrait may have been affected by when during the year the photograph was taken.

Teachers

We have a question about Italian teachers. We note the same teacher in several images. Did the teachers in a village school like this always teach the same grade (year level) or did they commonly teach different grades. I am guessing that they usually taught the same grade.

Schoolwear

Many of the boys in the 1950s wore smocks to school. They look to be dark blue smocks that were worn with typical Italian white collars and bows. They do not seem to have been required in 1957 and '58, but many boys wore them. We are guessing that a few years earlier thry may have been required. The scchool seems to have incouraged the boys to wear smocks, but not required it.






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