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Protest over 'squashed' history

ITALY: Secondary teachers have promised a campaign of "cultural disobedience" if education minister Luigi Berlinguer does not withdraw a decree requiring schools to concentrate on 20th-century history.

The decree, issued last autumn, requires final-year programmes in both scuola media (lower secondary) and scuola superiore (upper secondary) to deal exclusively with the post-1918 period.

Sandro Giglotti, the co-ordinator of GILDA, the teachers' union which started the revolt, said: "You can't just squash the previous 3,000 years into a two-year programme."

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