The words of Claudio Tesauro, president of Save The Children, who said that over half of the 15-year-olds did not understand the written text, have sparked a very intense debate on social media.
“Involves early school exchange, so the inability of a 15-year-old boy to understand the meaning of a written text is 51%. A tragedy, not only for the education system and for economic development, but for the democratic stability of a country. Most affected are students from the poorest families living in the South and those with a migrant background“, These were the words of Save The Children’s number 1.
Concept somehow also adopted by the Minister of Education Patrizio Bianchi: “Covid has exacerbated this situation, but it is something we have been carrying with us for a long time. And not just children: the whole country has a problem of literacy, the dissemination of books, and lifelong learning, which is one of the fundamental points for the development of a country.“.
On that “51%“What the thesaurus is talking about, who works in the school and in the education system, is a number that does not represent reality. But above all, the real criticism of Claudio Tesauro is the provenance of these data, which were made public a few days ago.
We tried to gather some comments on the matter. Paolo FaschTeacher of theITTL “Nautico San Giorgio” of Genoa and Camogli (GE), in fact, contacted by School Horizon he is rather skeptical: “I’m reluctant to comment on the mysterious data provided by Claudio Tesauro, President of Save the Children. That 51% of Italian 15-year-olds do not understand the meaning of a written text would be worrying if the data were documented and therefore agreed. Are we talking about the OECD PISA surveys (which concern 15-year-olds), or has an INVALSI report on school graduation been interpreted? It is not known“.
“In this waythe teacher continues, even if we have to take care of future generations, which we are not prepared to do when it comes to sacrificing for us, urban legends are nurtured that devalue the new generations to the old ones, as has been the case for thousands of years. , so nothing new. It would have been more interesting to worry about reality, a contribution to improving the school system and the answer is simple and has been lying for decades in the drawer, a prisoner of paralyzing syndicalism: school autonomy, in which educational activism develops. That the school was built to impose a social faith through the devaluation of other cultures is no longer a mystery, but to reach everyone, that is the knot to solve. I am afraid “.
Particularly critical, too Marco BulletinTeacher of the Gramsci Science High School in Turin: “In the first place, “implicit dispersion” means students who, despite having reached the milestone of a high school diploma, find at the end of the school course a lower level of competence than expected.“.
“Of course, the teacher goes on, so we can not speak of fifteen years. In fact, the Invalsi report refers (implicitly) to that of 2021 in which the tests for 15-year-olds DON’T HAVE EMU “.
“Not only that – another bulletin that entrusted its reflection to Facebook:”the figure of 51% refers to those who do not reach level 3 (out of 5) of “competence”. Well, the Italian data, for the fifth grade of high school, are 44%, while 51% relate to MATHEMATICAL“.
“That being said, let’s take 44% for good, which is a high figure and let’s pretend when evaluating Invalsi testing skills. Those who reach levels I and II are not able to interpret and understand a text? NO”Concludes the teacher.