TREVISO – With the conclusion of thegraduation exam he also finished his teaching jobthe last few years spent in one of the most prestigious institutes of the Brand, the “Canova” from Treviso.
We are still masters always: in minds yen hearts of generations of students known and accompanied many yearsthe. Especially when you have practiced the lesson of Plutarch: “El students they are not containers to fill but torches in the light“. As he has done for forty years Fulvio Ervasteacher and writer.
How do you feel when you leave school?
It is really a strange feeling: on the one hand you breathe freedom so that you leave behind the catafalques of the school bureaucracy and on the other you perceive the break with a world that is nevertheless rich, full of suggestions. Every teacher who has loved this job knows that a flow of relationships, affections, commitment and, of course, effort is interrupted, but all choices and everything is offset.
Did you choose the teaching profession or did it come on its own?
I graduated in Agricultural Science and my destiny should have been to follow farms or, at worst, be a representative of chicken and turkey feed. For almost a year I tried to follow companies in the flower-nursery sector, but I realized it wasn’t my world – no one was listening to you. You were paid to give advice, but each employer had their own idea, often inflexible. I tried it with school. Temporary substitutions, and I found it useful, to be able to convey something. And there I stayed …
How many years were you in the classroom? Fatigue, satisfaction, repentance, reflections?
I have been teaching for almost 40 years. A long period that allowed me to observe the social changes, the behaviors, even the emotions of the complex world of young people. Their changes are changes in families, in society. They are a great source of education. Teaching is certainly a demanding profession, contrary to what citizens think. And it’s not a profession for everyone. Requires energy, ability to read individual characters and class group. It calls for strategies and a clear goal: to contribute to the growth of a good, mature and informed citizen. I never thought I was in the wrong job. Of course, sometimes I haven’t fully understood many students and maybe I haven’t been helpful; many times I have not been able to collaborate with other teachers. But the balance, in all honesty, is still positive and I would make the same choices.
How do you think about school for the next few years? Even before: what would you like it to be?
The limits that I seem to see in school today are the absence of a real selection, at the entrance, of teachers who check not only the disciplinary knowledge but the educational skills and, at the same time, see the persistence of the distance between school and the real world. I also have the clear feeling that the school is pursuing, and unfortunately at a distance, the present and, even less so, projecting itself towards future scenarios. I am aware that it is difficult, that no matter how many attempts there are in this direction, I am thinking about the alternation between school and work, but the two speeds are still too different. I hope a school that knows how to start from the present and connect it with our past and not the other way around. I look forward to a school where teachers, subjects with a strong individualism, are able to really merge in their work. I think, in my case, of the artificial distance that still exists between ‘humanistic’ and ‘scientific’ training. And then I hope the state exam dissolves into its current form, largely just ritual.
And now: writing and gardening (cultivates one from an authentic manual, ed)?
It won’t be easy to rearrange life with the absence of the bell, the formulas written on the board, the homework, and even funny, mistakes of the students (and mine). The garden is still my continuing education, the physical place where I learn from other living things and reflect on the changes in the world. The place where you have to take care to get a result. Writing has been with me for over twenty years. A fundamental company. A way to investigate the world. I’ve always written in my spare time from school commitments. Who knows what writing will be like in the morning, which is the time for the best creativity. I might find that the biggest source of inspiration was school life!
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Always keeping an eye on our land …
I think I describe the Marca Trevigiana, and the Veneto, with a particular look, with affection and with a critical attitude. It seems to me a duty, for a writer, to respect the territory he loves. I have two novels open, I will decide which one to focus on. But these days they take me the tomato sauce from the garden. Nothing to do with the supermarket!