DIRECT SCIENCE / Educating the complexity of reality

A new site for secondary schools, published by the DISF (Interdisciplinary Documentation of Science and Faith) research center, to guide, provide tools, indicate directions and paths, suggesting to the whole school community effective ways of dialogue between thought scientist, philosophy and catholic religion.

On October 22, 2021, the DISF (Interdisciplinary Documentation of Science and Faith) Research Center of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross published the new DISF educational website dedicated to the world of secondary education.
The site, completely free and without advertising, offers teachers and students more than a thousand web pages, divided into four sections: Thematic routes, Great questions, Interdisciplinary video, Meaning finders. A considerable number of grants to address interdisciplinary issues that, in the school context, involve different didactic subjects, both in the scientific and humanistic fields, and also in the teaching of the Catholic religion.
On the occasion of the public presentation of DISF Educatiu during the round table “Science, society and new generations” held on February 16, 2022 at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education, Senator Barbara Floridia, has highlighted how the school must “educate children to live the network, to train young people for the jobs of the future. And this new platform is a valid help. “
Mons. Stefano Russo, CIS Secretary General, a supporter of the project, noted how DISF Educational addresses issues “that fall not only on the relationship between school and technology, but also on scientific knowledge. too sparse. DISF Educational is also a valid answer to the question of meaning that we see emerging in all generations. “1.

Science, philosophy, teaching of the Catholic religion

In fact, it is during adolescence that the need to clarify the relationship between scientific descriptions and philosophical views of reality is felt more urgently, perspectives that from a historical and theoretical point of view have maintained a relationship. direct in Western culture with the message from the Jews. -Christian revelation.
Going against the schematic oppositions but, unfortunately, still widespread in the public debate today, it must be acknowledged that scientific research and philosophical-theological reflection are not two antithetical points of view but two oriented perspectives, each in its own way. a la truth. It may not be a fashionable term, but it is still essential for any cognitive enterprise that wants to be stable, solid, and credible.
In the dialogue between these different perspectives, however, it is necessary to keep firm the difference between the methodologies and the mutual irreducibility, integrating the differences in a broad framework that knows how to embrace complexity.
The school is, by its very vocation, the place where the intellectual formation of the younger generations takes place and where the critical judgment matures. Educating for complexity and broadening horizons are, therefore, two essential objectives of school teaching that, too often crushed by the necessary curricula and the need for assessments, can fall into the error of neglecting the comprehensive training of those who will be future. citizens.
The unit of knowledge, which at the same time constitutes the inspiration and purpose of DISF Educational, is therefore situated in this field, and necessarily makes use of tools designed to support the process of maturation of young people who, with the hope, they want to become people. worshipable to place specialized skills (which the school and, more generally, training cycles must not stop offering) in a broader context of knowledge.

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Stefano Oliva
(Head of the DISF educational project and researcher at the DISF Center. Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy of the Pontifical Athenaeum S. Anselmo and Professor at the Quasar Institute for Advanced Design. He deals mainly with issues related to the philosophy of language and aesthetics.)


  1. DISF Educational: when the dialogue between science and faith begins in school: The round table was attended by: Andrea Monda (director of the Osservatore Romano), Luigino Bruni (professor of Economics, LUMSA) and Letizia Davoli (science journalist, TV 2000).

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