Half in class and half at home? Azzolina brakes: only for high school. A special unit to help the principals in September

If he returns to the starting box: the mixed teaching – half students in class and half connected from home – which on Saturday the Minister of Education Lucia Azzolina seemed to have identified as a solution for returning to school in September becomes an «element of debate and not a decision. ” She wrote it herself on her Facebook page: too many protests from parenting committees and even from political forces. It is possible that in the end – the deputy minister Anna Ascani explained – this remains an option for high school students, but not for the little ones.
So what are those “flexible solutions to adapt to various age groups and school structures and territorial realities, as well as the threat of contagion”? And will there be regions where we will return to normal? Patrizio Bianchi, president of the commission of experts who has to produce solutions for the new school year, intervened to explain what is being done at the ministry in view of September. “The one identified by the minister is scenario zero – he explains -. With variants that have to be weighed, because there are both first grade children and high school graduates ».

Look for new spaces

Bianchi anticipates that the plan will be based on two principles: that of the autonomy of the schools that will be called to draw up proposals – the principals will be helped by “a special unit of the ministry to organize themselves better” – and that of collaboration between schools and bodies rooms “to be able to use the spaces that exist” in the different realities. But one thing is clear: do not expect miracles for September. Where there are problems of overcrowding of the classes – not in elementary school where the average of the pupils is 19 – or of school structures, a multiannual plan is necessary: ​​”We have been saying for ten years that the ideal size of a class is 10- 12 children ». By the end of next week the commission of experts will make the first concrete proposals. The President of the PNA Antonello Giannelli also has doubts about mixed teaching: “It is very difficult: institutions should be wired and there are problems of a pedagogical nature: setting up a lesson in the presence is different from what should be done at a distance” .

The grain maturity

For elementary school students, Ascani speculates “experiential learning of Montessori inspiration”: groups (small) will be able to carry out different activities on alternate days, with greater attention to sport, music, art and many activities, including digital creation . The unions but also the principals and the majority forces ask for a serious and broad confrontation, but above all as regards flexibility and that is the decisions of the individual schools “a national orientation framework is needed”. The teachers’ knot remains open: it is true that there are fewer students this year and no staff cuts have been made, but teachers are unlikely to be enough if the classes will be many more than the current ones: it will be possible to resort to associations and volunteers to organize alternative activities. Meanwhile, the controversy over maturity returns: this time it is the principals who are the spokespersons of the teachers’ doubts and fears and ask for a protocol for safety as soon as possible, otherwise it is better to return to the hypothesis of distance maturity.

May 4, 2020 (change May 4, 2020 | 08:51)

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