“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 country. priorities “, admits a director of the school of Veneto, referring to Francesco Intraguglielmo, the student of Enna, Sicily, who on Wednesday took the written test of Italian of the state exam, at the school , with a T-shirt with the inscription The Italian school sucks.
But the director did not appreciate his gesture, which instead surprised her and that, according to her, could expose him to risks, but rather for his person, after having “heard how this splendid boy is passionate about topics of learning environments, methodologies, methodologies, learning environments … curricula, selection and teacher training He talked about it seriously, even critically, but very mature. he was thrilled, 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 country’s priorities. “. This is contrary to what we erroneously wrote in the title and beginning of a first draft of this article. Obviously, the director did not refer to the gesture of the shirt but emphasizes, as we had written in the second part of this article, the positive impressions derived from the meeting she had previously had with the boy at the center of the controversy. That is why we apologize to the director and readers for the initial inaccuracy.
Controversy and outrage were made explicit on the net by many teachers who found the boy’s provocative action generally distasteful. “If I were a commissioner of the subcommittee that will examine the student,” the professor writes, 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 which prompted him to present himself thus in the first written test of the final examinations; I would ask you to argue your thesis and try to prove that it is the 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.
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 star in 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 teachers towards the gesture of the Sicilian student were really many, as can be seen online, combined with positive opinions that instead show solidarity with the boy for being able, according to some, to raise with an action a sense 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 points out, “many of my teachers have expressed gratitude for what I have 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. The selection and training of teachers. Of many other problems that have weighed on the Italian school for years. He’s been talking about it for a long time. However, with her startling gesture today she appears on the Italian scene as the school’s Greta Thunberg, who did not invent or discover environmental disasters, only told them after decades of blah, blah, blah. You can agree or disagree. It would be of little use to censor it, even worse to sanction it. Very useful to hear it. To listen.
In a letter sent to the press, Francis explained his gesture as follows: “I have always hated this system and this research‘year I 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. He reached maturitya I haven’t changed my mind, the Italian school system sucks. In this country there is the school Thelast wheel of the wagon. No one thinks of us. We are maturing we lost almost two years of school. We are one of the countries in Europe that has done the mostù PARE. At that time we did not fully understand how much they were taking us but now that we are at the end of the road we have become aware“.“I would never have given myself peace if I hadn’t, during maturityaa symbolic moment of‘anachronism of this system, tried to attract the‘focus on a school that is now in ashes, the place that is the basis of our self-abandoned democratic system. That’s why I put on this t-shirt and wrote this letter. We will no longer go to school but other students will go through these doors and I will fight for them to have one‘better experience than mine“.
“I know Francesco Intraguglielmo – he says Laura Biancato, dean of ITET “Einaudi” of Bassano del Grappa, in the province of Vicenza, also surprised by the gesture of the child (“not without risks,” he says) -. 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, heard how this splendid boy was passionate about the topics of learning environments, methodologies, curricula, teacher selection and training. He talked about it seriously, even critically, but very mature. It even moved me, 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 these, underlines the director Biancato. He continues:” At a certain moment, I admit, I saw myself in him. I saw that girl who was only fifteen years old was part of the first school board of the Asolo District – 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 situation, 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 to suffer them ». Francesco founded a movement called “Let’s revolutionize the school” months ago, reiterates the manager Laura Biancato, “which has very serious goals and proposals, which I share in large part, to the point of having made a personal battle out of it myself. for decades and professional.Then I supported him, by video call, I still give him now, without any reservation except that his gesture also surprised me, that I know him.It is not an easy action, and not without risks. 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. Francesco must be heard. If you have the patience to watch the interview below, you will notice. “
Thefull interview with Francesco Intraguglielmo – Horizon TV School