It’s holiday time for many, and according to the usual Italian stereotypes bouncing around in forums and on the net, much of the Italian people – in non-school age – envy the infamous three-month holiday of underpaid teachers. These days, however, there has been a backstage that not even the now obsolete Brunettian half-rhetoric of nonsense can disprove: teachers have been called upon to summarize a course by doing something that mostly Italian families do. perceive it as a verdict: the ballot boxes.
It is decided to approve or suspend what, in the Calvinist anti-language of the bureaucratic school, is defined as admission or non-admission (does it not exist?) To the next class. Who’s seen a hilarious nineties movie? The school, by Daniele Luchetti, based on the novels of Domenico Starnone, will no doubt recall a long and probable scrutiny, which, in film philosophy, becomes an opportunity to talk about many things. Of course, voting for a student is a time of judgment about their school life that is so important in the years of growth and training. For those who have seen the film, they consider Silvio Orlando, a professor of literature, defeated by life as an idealist of the left, because the school – perhaps – has become “his” life ; and Professor Montillaro is also present, who shielded himself from school with kind cynicism: “At least let me fail!” it is his prayer. And to “joke,” even on polling day, he calls the police to say, anonymously, that there is a bomb in the school.
Scrutiny is, therefore, the moment in which teachers confront each other in a sincere and authentic way, giving rise to their vision of the reality of which a student, scholastically, becomes the incarnation. But for years – it is quite obvious – a tacit trend that some teachers, some would say old-fashioned, have stigmatized as an overprotective and welfare drift of the school, especially at times. highlightthat is, at the polls.
This trend could be renamed a “petal” drift: as someone might remember, a few years ago, in the primary school Marchesi di Copparo, in the province of Ferrara, Professor Margherita Aurora, doing an exercise in Italian language on adjectives a to describe a flower, he came across a neologism invented by one of his third-graders, Matteo, and instead of “correcting” the error that arose from the imagination of Rodarian memory (I mean his famous essay The grammar of fantasy), intrigued and amused, decided to send the new motto to the Accademia della Crusca for evaluation. La Crusca responded and valued it as “beautiful and clear”. And since then we have a new word in our dictionary for a “feel good” approach from Professor Margherita. On the contrary, the “petal” drift has almost been institutionalized, now only verbally, in the “affectionate” school supported by Minister Bianchi, which has caused some mutinous teachers to be confused by its harmful and toxic consequences. ‘human and didactic education. of children.
In this perspective, rejection becomes dangerous for the psychophysical well-being of teenagers, who live virtually on Instagram and have their models in TikTok “heroes”. “Every student”, according to the ministerial regulations, “has the right to a transparent and timely evaluation … The evaluation contributes, with its educational purpose and through the identification of the potentialities and shortcomings of each student, to the processes of self-evaluation of the students themselves, to the improvement of the levels of knowledge and the educational success “.
In the future, then, a big question arises: Does rejection still make sense? The school is a complex world and certainly needs more funding and a more efficient organization, but it is not easy; however, it must find its clearest and most precise role in today’s society, which is changing and changing – I don’t know for better or for worse – very quickly, although it still has a substantially nineteenth-century Gentile structure, with some democratizing veins. in reference to the reforms of the 1970s. The rest of the innovations made over time are false additions left by the mistress on duty, without a real long-term project or a high and long-term design.
In the ballots, teachers often talk about the maturity of the student as a growing individual, participation in the life of the class group and the class community, which is often summed up in the degree of conduct or behavior. If possible, the role of the school should be better explained today. There is an addition that tells us the route followed by the school ship, whose helmsman is advancing as far as he can, in plain sight if not coastal: the character skills.
Giorgio Vittadini, president of the Foundation for Subsidiarity, said: “Le character skills they are the future of career guidance. No single educational agency (school, family, parish, associations, company) is able to carry out this project: an educating community is needed ”. The photography is clear and the analysis is reliable: the challenge will be how to put them into practice in the realization of the educational community. The trend is just around the corner: if last year Finland, which many still say has the best school system in the world, “abolished” traditional subjects, the political proposal to abolish waste returns cyclically, even recently. .
In conclusion, the perspective would be to revolutionize the school and change the mentality of Italian teachers, but seriously abandon the traditional approach to knowledge-based teaching. in favor of this for skills seems not to be so close. And then, how could teachers grade the “skills” in the future voting?
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