Is the old school still the best?

Is the old school still the best?

When the time comes to choose a school for your children, the decision often falls on a “like they used to”.

Is the old school still the best? When the time comes to choose a school for your children, the decision often falls on one of those: “like they used to be”.

A school "like it used to be" generally means a place governed by strict rules, with strict teachers, who teach children to stay in place, disciplined and in silence. Answers, more than questions, memorization rather than discussion. Professor Giacomo Stella explains why this model no longer works today.

The three revolutions that schools do not take into account

According to Professor Stella, the method proposed by these schools ends up being ineffective, because there are at least three revolutions that these realities do not take into account:

  • Introduction of the compulsory attendance up to sixteenth year of age. School changes: in the past studying was considered a privilege and one could afford to lose half of the students going from primary to secondary school. Today it is expected that all children are accompanied in a training course lasting at least 10 years, requiring that all complete the compulsory cycle of studies enriched with skills useful for their future. As Professor Stella summarizes, school today “instead of being selective, must become formative”.
  • Television has entered homes. This revolution takes away from the teacher the exclusivity of the contents transmitted to the pupils. For the first time, children arrive at school every morning knowing something more than when they left it the previous afternoon: they watch documentaries, TV programs of all kinds and develop interests, including intellectual ones, which can be completely different from those explained by the teacher.
  • Digital has radically changed the ways in which children have access to information, from an early age. This also translates into the way school and study are conceived: young people no longer feel the need to store large amounts of information mnemonically, as it is accessible to them at any time on their smartphone.
  • New ways of teaching and learning, suitable for everyone

    If we wanted to provide a simile to describe the nostalgia for yesterday's school as opposed to that of today, Professor Stella suggests that it would be like saying "how beautiful the streets of the past were … But once upon a time, on the streets, there were very few cars! ". Today the situation has changed radically: like the reality outside the school walls, even in the school it is necessary to adapt the systems used, the teaching, to meet the needs of all children, even those with specific learning disabilities.

    An acknowledgment is therefore required: it is inconceivable to ask everyone to move exclusively by bicycle or on foot to pass through the streets of yesterday; it is instead “useful to have so many ways to move and so many ways to learn, the school must understand and change in this direction”.

    This philosophy is in perfect harmony with; leveraging on the enormous potential introduced by digital, each student, even those with SLD, is given the opportunity to find the learning method that is most congenial to him: from compensatory tools, digital such as speech synthesis and paper like mind maps, to experiential and laboratory teaching. By creating a synergy between the various abilities of the child, it is possible to achieve the educational goal more effectively.

    To hear the words of Prof. Giacomo Stella watch the video.

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