The first thing that arises when we compare Italian universities with American universities, is that there is much more practice in the American ones. In Italy, much theory is taught and students are always committed to studying books full of formulas and calculations. However, when it comes to get to working, it's like you had never studied anything before. Everything is so different from what you studied in class. Why is it that they teach you all that theory, most people ask ?. If you asked a professor this question, they would probably respond that you first need to understand what's behind a model, what the equations that rule it are, and only after that can you start with practice. However, although practice cannot spare theory, more practice and perhaps less theory might be taught. I agree with the fact that theory is important, but it often happens that, when you don't get your head around something, it's just because it hasn't been shown to you in a practical context, or how it really works. That's the key point. Both theory and practice (not only theory) should be focused on at school, in order to teach the students the subject better and make it easier and much more fun.
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