You will not be able to go to school with a cold

From the 14th of September back in class, but I will not be a school year like the other: the risk of a second wave of Covid-19 obliges us to rethink many things. And to introduce the strict rules of prevention.Among these, there is one that for now has gone unnoticed: you can go to school if you have a cold. You can read it in the Guidelines published yesterday by the ministry of education. A rule that aims to minimize the risk of students and staff it rubs off on people each other. But that is likely to have an impact gigantic.

No symptoms in the previous three days

In organizational measures general that are listed in the Guidelines of the ministry, the law is The precondition for the presence in school of students and staff”: the absence of respiratory symptoms or a body temperature higher than 37.5 C even in the previous three days; not have been quarantined in the last 14 days; you have not been in contact with positive people in the last 14 days. Therefore, the interpretation of ir clear-it seems to be this: students, teachers and administrative who have had fever or respiratory symptoms may not present themselves at school and the ban is valid for three days. Say, for example, that a child has a bit of a cold on Saturday, and only Saturday: even if he is better, on paper, should not return to the classroom until Tuesday.

The rules

The prohibition was reiterated more clearly in the Five rules for back-to-school safetycontained in the Guidelines, which reads: If you have symptoms of acute respiratory infections (fever, cough, colds) talk with the parents and NOT to come to school. No mention, here, to the three days mentioned above. But the rigid rule: if the nose is cola, you must not enter the class. And if the symptom is manifested when he is between the benches? It’s the isolation. With procedures that schools are required to be put in place by the end of September. The motto we go back to school more aware and responsible: together we can protect us all. Right and sacrosanct. But remains a doubt: for many children, winter is synonymous with colds. Not to mention, then, of the season of allergies. The classrooms will be empty for every sneeze?

June 27, 2020 (edit June 27, 2020 | 09:14)



Date of the start of school, September 2020 and guidelines Covid: today you decide

The masks

What changes compared with the draft two days ago? The regions have been promised the official of the minister Roberto Hope that by the end of August, the technical-scientific Committee expressed, once again, on the obligation of the masks. The promise is to do everything because the obligation to keep them in the classroom, on the bench, can be removed, if the situation of the epidemic does not worsen. They are, in fact, masks and distancing the two main obstacles to recovery in September. The regions have also proposed to change the criterion by which to measure the safety distance between the students and with the professor. And also the Cts, in response to a question of clarification of the ministry of education, explained that the required distance, a meter, means “from mouth to mouth”, that is, from the alleged and possible source of infection. This means that the rows of desks, seeing that the boys give back, can also be a bit reduced compared to the first simulations on the spacing made in the past few weeks, and then more classrooms may be “in accordance” with a few tricks.

The distance learning

For the rest of the regions have got to specify that the distance learning high school, envisaged as a possibility by the guidelines, should be “complementary”, which means that it must be of support to the lessons in class and never a replacement.

School, the guidelines for the re-opening in September: rounds, divided classes, and online lessons
Guidelines for schools: shifts, divided classes, and subjects were subdivided
More teachers

Two of the other concessions that relate to teachers, and auxiliary personnel. The ministry is back on his feet on the hypothesis of being able to assign the tasks of supervision of the students and educators of the associations working in the school. At the time, in fact when you carry out extra-curricular activities is, however, always a teacher. Will continue to be so also because the government has announced new funds for employment of additional teachers for next year, up to a billion euros. The document presented by Bonaccini and governors to integrate the guidelines then a long paragraph dedicated to the canteen service: since it will be simplified due to the sanitary measures to be respected, you want to avoid the risk that the cooks (who did not manifested in the square two days ago) they may lose the place: will be used in other always-on functions of the canteen service.

The dashboard

Finally, we simplified the structure that will govern the interventions on the facilities and furnishings: will the conference services and not the regional tables created by the ministry to decide on the solutions to be adopted at the request of principals and school offices. The tables of the ministry of education would serve to control and monitor, as well as the “dash computer”, that is, the database with references to all the classrooms in Italy: need to understand the critical issues.

June 26, 2020 (edit June 26, 2020 | 11:09)



School, back on teaching at a distance: is “complementary”. And the university students come back in September

College students return to the classroom in September: it was decided by the rectors ‘ conference , gathered in Rome, and via the internet. Initially, the universities were oriented suna blended learning, but now the rectors have put in black and white that, even if the “blended learning has been an indispensable tool to guarantee the right to study during the peak of the pandemic”, “the university can not be separated from the classroom in the presence, or the place where teachers and students meet”, because “teaching is a learning experience the social, not only cognitive”. And also the government seems to back down: after the protests of the garrisons and the Regions, distance teaching, in the new draft presented yesterday by the ministry of Education, is defined to be “complementary” and not side by side with the traditional education.

The new draft

The final guidance of the ministry of Education are expected for tomorrow, but the negotiation is complex, because the first version, a draft version circulated two days ago, has raised criticism of principals, trade unions and regional governors. The officer in charge of regional Affairs, Francesco Boccia, says it is certain that the dialogue with the Regions “will produce the expected results”: the ministry of Education has handed over to the governors and to representatives of local authorities, the text up to date with the demands coming from the Regions, Provinces and Municipalities but the unified Conference on the school (State-Regions) has been updated to tomorrow, on Friday, at 14.30. “Give us still a little bit of time,” explained the premier Giuseppe Conte, ensuring that the government is “working to reopen schools in safety.” Among the novelties of the new draftthat the Carrier has had the opportunity to view, there is the “the dashboard only that will be made available for the consultation” able also to report, with respect to school construction, critical situations or “cases in which the spaces of the classrooms and expressed in square metres are not sufficient to accommodate all students enrolled in the course”. In addition, it is remarked booth Covid-19 with the regions and local authorities to allow for a “national coordination of actions throughout the territory” and a “monitoring” to assess each possible intervention, on specific situations, including, where possible, strictly necessary” additional “increases in staff, additional school personnel for the state schools”.


The parent company to the Chamber of the Pd, Graziano Delrio, admits: “You could maybe work on a preliminary comparison tighter, but I imagine that many of the indications of Cts are arriving on the table of the minister a few moments before. Do not let us make it a drama, the school there will be. We cannot fail this objective, it is a great test for the Government”. But, in addition to the issue of the rules for the re-opening, there is one of the resources to be put in place to allow schools to adapt: Municipalities, Provinces and metropolitan Cities to the government asking for “resources to make the interventions necessary to ensure the safety in schools and we need staff, otherwise we will not be able to ensure that the educational services. Without these answers, which are essential to allow for the reopening of the schools, Anci and Upi may not be able to give understanding on the Plan of the school”. Delrio provides: “The Decree of the Government will also give to the school a large chunk of resources. I hope that you find an agreement with the Regions”. Ensure new resources as well the deputies M5s Luigi Gallo and Gianluca Vacca“Our commitment to obtain the funds already in the next decree of the government – picks up a note – it is up: only with new resources, the education system will restart and is dedicated to innovation and quality. Another goal that we have to put a sign is to get a large share of the Recovery Fund european to be allocated to the fund”: funds that, however, they would not come before 2021.

School, the guidelines for the re-opening in September: rounds, divided classes, and online lessons
Guidelines for schools: shifts, divided classes, and subjects were subdivided
The blitz the League

Meanwhile, the League has organized a blitz in front of the ministry of Education. The target of the protest is the minister for Lucy Jay. “That is absolutely not able to handle the Italian schools”, thunders the leader of the League, Matteo Salvini. “There is no certainty on how it starts and when it starts”, he adds before to invite the majority to change the holder of the ministry of education because the current one “is a tragedy”. Salvini says that in the whole of Europe, “the children are in class without distance, without a mask and without the plexiglas. I refuse to put my 7 year old daughter in September in a class in the dark, without teachers, and without the protections of the. Throughout Europe the children go to school, in Italy no. It is folly,” he concludes. And while the 5 star Movement with Carlo Sibilia bubble the initiative of the League as “yet another farce of Salvini”, Giorgia Meloni compares the Education minister to Pontius Pilate“He has decided to wash their hands and download on the principals of the choices that they do not have the tools to take. Someone needs to explain” said the president of Brothers of Italy”, with which the competence of a dean should take a sanitary measure, the acceptance of responsibility that the policy is paid to take.” Hard the judgment of the Forza Italia: “Only a person who does not know the school can think of liquidating the beginning of the new school year with track the absurd taxes to the boys and to the teachers, with the merger of classes with no policy and with a reduction of the teaching hours of 40 minutes, alternating for the great lessons in presence and distance learning”.And Thursday evening from 18 in to 60 squares of Italy gather to protest also parents, teachers, and students, who gathered in the committee’s “Priority school”, supported by the Cigl and by the Cisl school, to ask for the reopening of safe schools in September, and to challenge the draft presented by the minister of Jay.

June 25, 2020 (edit June 25, 2020 | 19:12)



Distance to school? No, classes added also 30 students

You write material but you read the crowds. May seem incredible, but while the government and the regions discuss the right distance to keep in class (a linear metre between a tour and another or two square metres per pupil?) and we still don’t know when you will return to school (even if the date of September 14 seems to be shared by all), the deans of the more than 8,000 schools and institutes, Italian gi for several weeks, are grappling with the formation of the classes as if the emergency coronavirus there had ever been. Already on the 10th of April, at the height of the epidemic, the leaders are assigned by the ministry of education with a note which announced urbi et orbi the joyful news that the organic school would have remained unchanged in spite of the demographic decline, which is forecast for the next year, 50 thousand students less. On the other for, since the executive did not want to put his hand to the applicable legislation, and that a ministerial note was tied by the hands and feet of the leaders, especially in high schools, reiterating that the first class must have at least 27 pupils and that, in the transition from the first to the second two-year period, if a section has less than 22 students, it should be broken up point and just dealing with the guys in the other classes.

Classes chicken coop

Explains Nadia Buraglio, vice principal of the liceo scientifico Frisi of Monza: The criterion in the formation of the third upper always the same: the divider between the total number of students and classes should make 27. If you are less you progress to the acquisition. But to sort the students at the end of the second means being affixed to form of classes almost thirty pupils. All the while, the government gave the order to the regional departments, to provide a mapping of the territories to understand which areas have the individual schools and how many may already cos, with some small adjustment, maintain the proper distance between the pupils, and how many others need to be identified and additional local.

Serological tests for all?

The rest, as far as par understand, the government is reportedly going to take especially pi collaborators at school (essential for all operations related to the sanitation and security of the institutions) and pi educators and teachers for the kindergartens and the elementary school (where the teaching presence which is absolutely essential), while at medium and higher would shorten the duration of the lessons (from 60 to 40-50 minutes, left to the autonomy of schools to decide). And’ to understand if the avr following the proposal that is circulating in these hours to ask the teachers to work for up to 24 hours a week in the classroom instead of the 18 base (paying the difference, of course): this would allow you to recover forces for the classes in case the classes should be divided then met to maintain the spacing. Meanwhile, off in the debate – in addition to the use of the template limited to the common areas and not in class – the idea of giving teachers and school staff to the serological test at the beginning of the year: I would like to do in Campania and Lazio, but are also considering other governors.

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Giuseppe Conte: 60/60
Do not change the law

From Milan to Rome with dozens of high schools and technical institutes and vocational institutes that are seen in these weeks deliver measures cutting of classes in the transition from two-year to three-year period. Explains Roberta Fantinato, dean of the historic liceo classico Minghetti of Bologna: The offices territorial school we were assigned to the organic as if there had been the emergency Covid. With the further paradox that this year – because of the closure of schools during the outbreak – no one was rejected. And therefore, without the usual shearing of the classes at the end of the first two years, the third are much more crowded than usual.

The cases striking

There are regions such as the Marche region, where some schools have throughout the path of the higher pi of the thirty pupils in the class with peaks of up to 42. Thirty-one professor from the liceo classico Rate of Rome have written to the superintendent asking for a rethink: there are 11 second with 21 students, on average, that the next year would become a third with the same number of pupils, saw that there were slashed. Have been provided for, only 9 third, with 27 students. Milan are eight higher education institutions involved from the acquisition. In Varese, it’s gone even worse to the students of the liceo Manzoni: protested against the choice of the principal to divide the second of 19 students. The dean explained that the gi went well cos perch was cut from a single class this year, and in exchange the school has got to be a first in ir, to split the boys and the girls that come up and that is often found in very numerous classes. In Urbino, at the Liceo Scientifico Statale Luciano Laurana, Urbino, you want to go from 6 to 5 third, with a class with 32 students. In Bagno di Ripoli, near Florence, the representatives of the parents of the second year classes of the scientific and linguistic Gobetti wrote to the regional director of the ministry of education to denounce in the name of and on behalf of all the parents disagree with the decision made to combine the three runners-science two-third and current five of the language in the four third. At Tolentino in the Marche intervened, even the mayor to save the result of the fourth class of the Liceo Classico Filelfo, with a resolution of the board: the administration is ready to act in a legal way.

June 23, 2020 (edit June 23, 2020 | 12:32)



Report cards at school, what are PAI and PIA

The so-called distance learning) has not only enriched the vast collection of the bureaucracy of the Italian school, but has given birth, for the cos to say, the two twins: the PIA and PAI. Soon the parents of our pupils will be able to familiarize yourself with these two new acronyms: the Plan of Integration of Learning, where the teacher specifies the part of the program that has not been able to play in this ‘annus horribilis’, and the Learning Plan Individualized, i.e. the parts in which the students and pupils, promoted by operation of law are weak and deficient, and can carry out the courses of recovery from September. Families are likely to receive via mail the letters with the PAI, if the children have had a failure in the scoreboard end of the school year, but will be able to stay calm, as all were admitted to the next year. What is waiting for us at our return to school, a mystery, and even the date a rebus chronological, to make it compatible with the voting and the constitutional referendum. Surely, the Pandora’s box was unroofed and the school needs a serious renewal, based not only on adequate funding, but also on its reorganisation: the DAD and all that it stands behind only the stepping stone to give momentum to our school, instilling, hopefully, a bit of enthusiasm.

The Dad in the times of St. Paul

But let’s get to the essence of the word didactic, i.e. to its etymology: there are very few claims in the language of ancient Greek adjective didaktikos, which comes from the Greek verb to teach: in The letter to Timothy (I, 3, 2), Paul uses the teaching in the sense of ready, eager to teach: But it is necessary that the bishop be blameless, not the husband of one wife, sober, prudent, decent, hospitable, able to teach. Jerome translate into Latin in the Vulgate with the term doctor. Paul in the second letter to Timothy (II, gen 2: 24) uses the word, with a meaning active: the servant of the Lord must not be quarrelsome, but meek with all men, apt to teach, patient, in the wrongs we have done. Docibilisin Latin. Other claims of the use of the adjective, except for a virt teaching of which speaks in a cursoria Philo of Alexandria, jewish philosopher of Greek culture, who lived in The first century.C., there are in the classical period of the greco-roman civilization.

The intuition of the teacher in the presence

In spite of the DAD, arrived in cos on the last day of school and the time flew, in front of a computer monitor and a virtual classroom: in my teaching, the material, physical, springing from a medical emergency, you did feel, in a certain sense, as, letting go the memories, I had almost grown accustomed to the cry, in class: Open the windows! I have to repeat it every time…. Each time, precisely, Tuesday, at the second hour, it was almost a routine comforting: the class had just returned from an hour of gymnastics (now called sports science) and was witness to the trace of the stench that hovered in the class of 28 teenagers in the full physical development. The spacing of the teaching does come in mind even with this particular certainly not pleasant, but with the same vividness of the mental association evoked by Marcel Proust, in a moment of epiphany in the novel, Swann, and enjoying a sip of t with a bite out of the madeleine. Missing from the teacher, a rite of the end of the year: a walk through the halls of the school, that they were filled by the merry voices of girls and boys, in the end of a year of living together, when a little more mature (the hope of teachers and parents), and you can enjoy more the freedom of a summer full of fun, as long as you have the debt in September, from the point of view of the guys. This rite is taken away the DAD: this render less handsome, the distance from the school and from what she represents, that detachment, the detachment, of which the teaching body has no need being in contact with other human beings in growth for many hours, and not just physically.

Aristotle and the welfare of his pupil Alexander the great

Teaching – I have done this idea, although in my short experience – based perlopi on the quality of the human relationship between teacher and learner, if you want to, as the word says, leave your mark. Knew a great humanist of the Italian Renaissance, Guarini, who writes in his treatise The teaching of Greek and Latin 1459: And therefore, in this context, young people will imitate the example of Alexander the great, who several times repeated, to be indebted to his teacher, Aristotle no less than to his father Philip, since the latter had only the life, from the first, instead, he had learned the virtue. Propterea quod ab hoc esse tantum, ab illo et bene esse accepisset. Behold, I, as a teacher, I learned a crucial lesson from the DAD, in the era of the pandemic of the Covid-19: to give the utmost importance to the well-being of the children in my class and of my students, in a period where the cor is spaura in the abyss of scenarios they have reached maturity. In the sense that they appreciated ir pedagogically and less philologically: well they as well. And if you have copied during a task in class… or better to house (them), patience! At least not know the PIA…or PAI?

**teacher of Italian and Latin at Liceo Scientifico Leonardo, Milan, and contract professor at the University of Studies of Milan

June 19, 2020 (edit June 19, 2020 | 10:26)



Reopening of schools, Bianchi: «Three possible scenarios, the return in September will not be the same for everyone»

Professor Bianchi, what will the post-Coronavirus school look like?
“Many say that after this emergency we must return to normal: instead we must have the ability to get out of it by innovating.”
Despite everything, Patrizio Bianchi is optimistic, former rector of the University of Ferrara, then councilor in Emilia Romagna, now holder of the UNESCO chair in Education for growth and equality and head of the MIUR task force for the resumption of lessons.
“This emergency forced us to ask ourselves some questions that we had left behind. The first: what is school for today? When I was a child he provided notions and tools to elaborate them and then separated the students from those who continued their studies and those who had to learn a profession. Now that we are flooded with information, the school must teach us about the critical ability, the conscious use of tools and to make communities, that is to work together “.
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“The virus literally precipitated us into the digital world: let’s not waste what we’ve learned in recent months.”
Do you think that the curriculum should be changed: the subjects and the way to study them?
«The curriculum must be more flexible and we must enhance the autonomy of schools: a national system is needed to support fragile areas, such as the suburbs, and then we must give space to more informal teaching, enhancing music, art history, education civic, expressive ability ».


Maturity 2020: this is how the conversion of school credits is calculated. This year is worth 22
The new credits

They will say that the students’ Italian and mathematics results are not brilliant.
«I’ll give you an example: once to find out who Carneade was you had to read Manzoni, today you just need to take a mobile phone. I mean that we don’t lack information but what we don’t know is to use it well ».
Can teachers work in this new school?
«We have to invest in teacher training. Unfortunately, the latest reforms have been made as if it were a matter of public order, not having a vision ».


Third grade, the paper will be discussed in the last week of school
Tesina or map, provided it is ready in three weeks

How will your return in September be?
«We are working on three scenarios depending on the health conditions. And in different ways for different grades of school: the youngest and children with disabilities are the ones who most need to be in the classroom. The older ones can be a little more autonomous. ”
Will you go back in stages?
“We will try to guarantee the presence at school as much as possible: I have only one foreclosure. I don’t want the children in the classroom like the Chinese ones, in the school with the hat and divided by Plexiglas. The school must guarantee us the right to be ourselves. Without leaving anyone behind ».


May 8, 2020 (change May 8, 2020 | 6:33 pm)



Reopening of schools: draft of the anti-Coronavirus security protocol

Measurement of fever, parents out of school as much as possible, swabs in case of fever. But also masks for everyone, differentiated paths in the corridors, spaced class entrances. These are the points of the protocol for safety in schools that the unions have submitted to the Ministry of Education and which is used to bring the teachers back to the classroom, in view of the high school exam but above all of the return next September.

Masks obligation

The main points of the protocol concern the safety of the staff and the prescriptions of the principals which are the equivalent of the employer in the individual institutions: they will have to ensure the information and training of the staff and all those entering the schools and to draw up a plan for cleaning and sanitizing that will make the rooms safe. The obligation of masks in the classroom and in the corridors will be there for all adults who enter school buildings. As for the students, it will be to be evaluated respecting the general rules that concern minors.

A class every quarter of an hour

The entrances of the external ones will have to be reduced to the minimum, and for everyone there will be the mandatory fever measurement. The distances must be kept inside and outside the school: therefore, gatherings at the entrance and exit must be avoided. For this there will be queues of students like the ones we saw in front of supermarkets and the classes will have to enter staggered, at least 15 minutes. If possible, entry and exit must take place from different doors.

The paths

Schools will have to transform themselves, not only because there will be fewer students in the classroom and the safety distances must always be kept, but on the ground there will be marked the paths to follow in case of moving inside the buildings. Gyms and workshops can be used for other educational activities, if new spaces are needed to space out classes and pupils.

Principals: “Clear rules are needed”

After the presentation, the unions will be able to submit their comments or requests for changes. The principals have already spoken: “The protocol is absolutely necessary but it must be unambiguous and must not present interpretative margins that could involve risks for collective health”, writes the National Association of principals. The fear is that managers will be exposed to “improper responsibilities”: “We are ready, as always, to answer for those that belong to us, but not for others. This is why clear rules are needed, and above all, respectful of everyone’s skills and prerogatives ».

May 7, 2020 (change May 7, 2020 | 5:16 pm)



Maturity 2020, the no to exam in class is growing. How credits are converted

While there is discussion about what to do for the September resumption, another grain breaks out on the table of Education Minister Lucia Azzolina. The National Headquarters Association publishes a note explaining that not said that the exam in school can actually be done. Patience if the distance examination has never been tried by anyone and is likely to bring more problems than anything else, patience for the importance of the test for the children: the fear of contagion still has the upper hand. It is explained in the note that among the managers, teachers and Ata staff there are considerable doubts about the health risk that one could run by being in the classroom for several days to complete the exams. Even in full awareness of the symbolic value of the examination – the principals write – all the circumstances in which it should take place must be carefully weighed. The real problem must be tackled and resolved as soon as possible: defining specific safety protocols concerning the tools, procedures and related responsibilities. We cannot leave schools alone – and the managers who run their business – in deciding how to organize themselves. We need clear rules and they serve immediately. As for Lazio explains Mario Rusconi, head of the association presici of the region: In Rome, the building-school heritage in about 70% of cases dates back to before the 70s so the wide spaces such as gyms, lecture halls and corridors spacious are really difficult to find. Against the face-to-face exam, there is also a petition from the school partisans on And the unions, from the CGIL to the CISL and the UIL, ask the government for answers as soon as possible: Without the security protocol there is no possibility of reaching maturity, said by Francesco Sinopoli (Flc CGIL).


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The waivers

From the ministry they say that the protocol for the examination is almost ready. But it is true that in these days in which the commissions are being formed (all composed of internal members, except the president) the apprehension of the principals for the possible defections of the teachers is growing: the deadline for the composition was April 30 but not all are ready. In the event of renunciation by the professors – they must necessarily be part of it as an Italian and a subject of orientation – they can draw on colleagues, perhaps younger, from the same class. As an extreme ratio, the hypothesis of hiring ad hoc alternates is envisaged.

The new credits

Meanwhile, the ministry is doing the accounts to remodel – as announced last week – the credits accrued by the boys in recent years: in fact, they will be worth many more than usual, up to 60 of the 100 points of the final vote. Instead, the only surviving proof of maturity, the interview, will be worth up to 40 points at most. According to rumors and pending the order, there are two hypotheses in the field: that the third year is worth 18 points, the fourth 19 and the last 23 or that you choose to count them until 18-20-22. The conversion of credits will still be done before the start of the test scheduled for June 17.

May 4, 2020 (change May 4, 2020 | 5:01 pm)



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)