“The Italian school is sorry.” An executive: “Reading that sentence on Francesco’s shirt moved me”

“I was even moved, because I thought, comparing myself to him, that this generation that so many accuse of carelessness and superficiality, of disconnection from reality, has their feet firmly planted on the ground and is able to have a clear vision of country. priorities “, admits a director of the Veneto school, referring to the gesture of Francesco Intraguglielmo, the student of Enna, Sicily, who on Wednesday took the written test of Italian of the state exam, in the school, with a T-shirt bearing the inscription La Italian school sucks.

An opinion, that of the leader of the Venetian school, shared by a part of the school community and by many ordinary people who did not stop at the headline. But who finds a counterpoint to the outrage and concerns expressed on the net by many teachers who have found the boy’s gesture in bad taste. “If I were a commissioner of the subcommittee that would examine the student,” writes the professor, e.g. Luigi Novi in the Facebook group Teaching profession, “I wouldn’t think twice to ask him to center the oral interview from the slogan that is making him so famous in these hours.” For example, continues Novi, who teaches literature at a high school and is also the author of book Class influencer, «I would ask the boy to explain to me the reasons that motivated him to take this way in the first written test of the final exams; I would ask you to argue your thesis and try to prove that it is true or the best, with examples or supporting arguments, with data, statistics, expert opinions. In addition, I would be curious to know your proposals for improving the Italian school.

Two opinions are far apart and both come from the world of education. The fact is that Francesco has always explained everything he is asked to explain in his activity as a student representative and as a member of a student movement that fights for the improvement of the Italian public school. He then wrote them in the letter sent to the newsrooms near the exam. To better achieve the goal, he then chose to be the protagonist of a provocation capable of finally reaching a wider audience. Finally clarified during an interview with Andrea Carlino per Horizon Television School. The negative judgments expressed by the teachers towards the gesture of the Sicilian student were really many, as can be seen on the net, combined with positive opinions that instead show solidarity with the boy for having been able, according to some, to raise with an action . a commonly felt problem is irreverent: the need for the Italian school to improve in its ways, in its means, in its goals. Francesco is not angry with the teachers he had in primary school, nor with his former secondary school teachers, nor with the current high school teachers and not even with the Commission examining him at this time in the maturity. In fact, he says, “many of my teachers have expressed gratitude for what I’ve done.”

Francesco speaks with knowledge of the facts, a sign that his preparation as a teenager and as a student as a citizen is already well structured, which is a prelude to a good professional future. And he talks – Francesco – about the working conditions of precarious school workers. Of the bad salary of the teachers. Of abandonments. Of the reform of the cycles. Teacher selection and training. Of many other problems that have weighed heavily on Italian school for years. He’s been talking about it for a long time. However, with her amazing gesture today she appears on the Italian scene as Greta Thunberg of the school, which did not invent or discover environmental disasters, only explained them after decades blah, blah, blah. You may or may not agree. It would be useless to censor it, even worse to sanction it. Very useful to listen to. To listen.

In a letter to the press, Francis explained his gesture as follows: “I’ve always hated this system and this year I’ve decided to stop complaining and do something to change the situation.” That’s why he founded a movement thanks to Tik Tok called “Let’s Revolutionize the School”. He has collaborated in this year’s events “and in a very short time we have reached more than 5,000,000 students through social networks”. It is still: “I was told to dress appropriately for the test I will face today. There is no better way than this. I did not change my mind when I reached maturity, the Italian school system sucks. In this “School is the last wheel of the wagon. Nobody thinks of us. Graduates have lost almost two years of school. We are one of the countries in Europe that has done the most DAD. they brought us, but now that we are at the end of the journey we have become aware of it. ” About a school that is now in ashes, the place that is the basis of our self-imposed democratic system, so I put on this T-shirt and wrote this letter. these doors and I will fight for them to have a better experience than mine. “.

And while Rossano Sassoprofessor and undersecretary of public education of the USA hard words to us – “ELYour gesture of defiance towards the community that, like it or not, has shaped you for most of your life, allow me, is wrong. ” In aid of the latter come, as stated above, the words of a school principal, who works far away from Sicily, a sign that the gesture of the student has really achieved the desired visibility.

“I know Francesco Intraguglielmo – he says Laura Biancato, dean ofthe ITET “Einaudi” of Bassano del Grappa, in the province of Vicenza -. Months ago we had a long talk during a video call. A moment of confrontation between two very different people, in terms of age, experience, origin and role, but united by a single thought: to change the public school system for the better. I, a person from the school with 40 years of work behind me, director for almost 30 years, listened to this splendid boy become passionate about the topics of learning environments, methodologies, study programs, selection and teacher training. He talked about it seriously, even critically, but very mature. I was even moved, because I thought, comparing myself to him, that this generation that so many accuse of carelessness and superficiality, of disconnection from reality, has their feet firmly planted on the ground and is able to have a clear vision of the priorities of the country. “The school is one of them,” says principal Biancato. “It goes on. school board of the Asolo District – the delegated decrees had just been applied, it was the seventies – as a student representative, and that, even as a class representative, it was never so. Then I started working hard to remedy the distortions, when as a whole the national school system did not have the accumulated criticism in the following decades, and I was also in a privileged position, in an innovative institute already in that moment., which has given me so much.

Talking to him, I thought that Francesco represented the Italian school population well, with his measured and polite behavior, but with the determination of those who live the problems of the national school as a user, they see the huge flaws and do not want suffer. they”. Francesco founded a movement called “Let’s Revolutionize the School” months ago, reiterates manager Laura Biancato, “which has very serious goals and proposals, which I share in large part, to the point that I have fought a personal battle myself.” I supported him by video call for decades, and I still support him, without any reservation, except that his gesture surprised me too, that I know him. I imagine and read what the reactions of the school world have been, above all, a world that, however, should be asked two more questions.

Francesco is not at all rude, on the contrary; it is not disrespectful to institutions. Other way round.

He is a boy with a terribly high civic sense. Francesco represents what millions of students think. Francis must be heard. If you have the patience to watch the interview below, you will notice. “

The whole interview with Francesco IntraguglielmoHorizon Television School

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