Life skills come (finally?) To school. But what are we talking about?

The Living skills they come to Italian schools, but the results of the operation are still doubtful. It was January 11, 2022, when Parliament approved the bill on the introduction of the development of non-cognitive skills in the pathways of educational institutions. A choice to try to bridge the gap with Europe and accompany the young people in tomorrow’s challenges.

All very interesting though what are we talking about? The World Health Organization – WHO has identified the 10 competencies to be named dofe skillsamong which we find self-awareness, emotion management, creative and critical thinking.

The goal seems to be the noblest, but why did this law trigger a series of school protests by students and teachers? Leave the bill in the background, we try to enter the dynamics of the education of the new generations.

Generations of change

The new generations are not confident with top-down methods in which they do not feel they are being listened to and actively participating. In technical terms, we are talking about generations of change that belong to the elimination or controversial era. These young people do not sodalize with the system, they do not keep their models, they do not collect, but replace. They change because they no longer feel represented by the traditional frame of reference and feel the need to find a new orientation.

Children want to participate in a way that is created for them and for their singularity and uniqueness. They are good communicators and make their needs known. More research reports on their state of anxiety, anger and frustration, one of the most recent being reported by the National Association Di.Te. (Technology Addictions, GAP, Cyberbullying) in collaboration with Skuola.net portal on a sample of 4,935 children between 8 and 19 years old.

Data that people need to think and act. But we can not rely on generic and widespread dynamic estimates. This time, we need the commitment to create common plans with individual specifics, for conduct one-on-one surveys in schools and understand and respond to the needs of each territory and school reality.

Life is better than skills

Among the various protests was by Republic that of the famous Milanese Lycée Berchet. Students call for the abolition of the transversal and PCTO skills pathways, and the alternation between school and work. On the other hand, they clearly express the demand for more extracurricular activities such as internships and insights into current topics, critiques of the school process of corporatization.

The use of the term “corporatization” should be followed at least by a statement of indebtedness. We’re doing something wrong when planning their schooling. Maybe, so to speak, we are counting without a host.

The school for boys should be the free zone in which they can cultivate thoughts, dreams and desires. A safe place to experiment and test yourself. Where you build your future and not where they pursue.

“Dream, boy, dream” quotes the great Vecchioni.

Viability and generational culture

The learning of soft skills and the response to the needs and demands of the young people are not so far away, it all depends on the approach with which the subject is dealt with. We can, in fact, talk about current events, convey critical thinking, empathy, counter-empathy, because this term does not always have a positive connotation.

This means imparting skills by talking to young people about their interests, using their language. Skills are nothing more than tools needed to independently manage learning, analysis, and self-analysis processes.

That is why it is essential read the cultural schedule of young people once again and analyzes it to give new interpretations. TV series, music, tiktok, are information, education and learning tools that we have to work on to give children the opportunity to read something more behind their content (with which they constantly interact).

Millennials, it’s up to us to dive into the Z and alpha culture, analyze it and use it as a springboard to learn Life skills.

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