Primo Trimestre—Buono

Grade-school report cards are scary documents, made even more so by by the Italian Fascist Ministero Dell’ Educazione Nationale. The reports here show that the brothers Enzo and Vincenzo Radino were pretty fair students back in 1930. But they weren’t straight A (or buono) students.

These report cards were standard issue during the Mussolini regime. Each was adorned with Il Duce’s signatory M logo. One has the map of Italy’s occupied territories in North Africa (note Libya and Ethiopia), the other the militant symbol of Fascism. These cards were issued to young Italian boys just a few years away from being inducted as young Fascist men.


3 thoughts on “Primo Trimestre—Buono

  1. J. Withrup

    I don’t know when Mr. Muccino came to the U.S., but, if you were in public school in this country before 1960 as I was, you would have taken pretty much the same subjects with the exceptions of Religion and History and Fascist Culture. In place of those last two we had American History and Civics. The “Womanly Work” subject would have been listed as Home Economics. In lieu of the Fascist propaganda children a few years older than me had “Buy War Bond” ads.
    Just a note about U.S. public education back then when I started in the mid 1940s: Everything was free including text books, materials such as tablets and pencils, book covers, bus transportation, as well as a hot lunch. I grew up in New Orleans, LA, but found from talking to people from other parts of the country that this practice was pretty much universal. This truly free education was a product of the New Deal in the 1930s.
    Thanks Mr. Muccino for your translation.

  2. alfredo muccino

    I grew up in Italy, and attended Italian public school…although not during the Fascist period. I think it’s interesting to see the amount and nature of the subject matters that were taught to these kids:
    Religion; Singing; Drawing and “beautiful writing” (Penmanship); Expressive Literature and Recitation; Spelling; Reading and Writing; Math and Accounting; Various Notions of Fascist Culture; Geography; History and Fascist Culture; Physical Science and Hygiene; Notions of Law and Economics; Physical Education; Manual Work and Womanly Work; Discipline (Behavior); Personal Hygiene and Cleanliness.
    I find amusing the idea of “Womanly Work” as a subject. At the same time I think it’s cool that they taught things like “Singing” and “Beautiful Writing”.
    I also remember that when I first came to the US (In High School) I was surprised at how few subjects were taught in American schools compared to the ones that we studied in Italy.