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