DESCRIPTION OF THE SUCCESS STORY
Giulio came to the hotel management school because he really liked cooking, although he didn't like the curriculum subjects. The first year was a real tragedy as he had very bad marks in almost any subject. I followed him through the CIC - centre of information and advice – which, in our school, is a really necessary tool. With three school debts in three subjects – which had to be passed before the beginning of the next school year - the boy came to his second year of secondary school. Giulio began to say that he could not make it and that he had worked hard to look for a job - that he actually found. When we discussed about his case in the class council, I realized that we all wanted Giulio to go to his third year in order to get his qualification. overcoming obstacles and refusals, we finally managed to get him to take his qualification, although with a very strong effort on our part. At the end of the third year a beautiful thing happened to Giulio: he fell in love at the end of the summer and decided to attend the fourth year as well. Now Giulio has graduated thanks to his own and his girlfriend's efforts, he works and he will soon participate in the selection for the TV talent show “Amici” (friends) because he has such a beautiful voice.
Personally I think that Giulio - a guy at high risk of drop out - has been able to achieve his good results because he deeply felt our interest and our affection. The problem is that sometimes this feeling is unable to be conveyed: students feel just like simple numbers, not real people. And, in classes of thirty people or even more, “how” can we understand the problems of each of them? In my opinion – and I'm saying it without fear of being presumptuous - unless something changes in the concept of person and of numbers, these are just useless analysis.