The soft skills law is another attempt to distort the school

In the quarrel of the Quirinale days, the approval of the Chamber of Deputies for the bill went silent Introduction of the development of non-cognitive skills in the pathways of pedagogical institutions and provincial centers for adult education, as well as in vocational education and training pathways. Presenter: Lupi e Colucci (Mir fir Italien); Aprea, Calabria, Palmieri, Cattaneo an Gelmini of FI; Toccafondi of IV (formerly PdL); Home of the M5S; Garavaglia of the League; Frassinetti by FdI; Gariglio, Delrio and Lattanzio (formerly M5S), all of the Pd. Now it’s in the Senate and waiting final approval.

The law provides an additional activity, transversal to all disciplines that complement / should serve for technical and cultural competences (difficult skills), the content and methods of the school skills with which they are generated through emotional intelligence Children and their families and social background (soft skills). Some examples of soft skills: self-confidence and self-esteem; Ability to adapt quickly to school, society, business; Resistance Tension and stress; Ability to organize, plan, study, apply and listen; Resourcefulness, communication skills and resilience; Ability to work in a team, know how to negotiate, exercise leadership and so on.

It is an adaptation to the school dimension of topics and elements that emerge directly from the world of Job placement. As is often the case, everything depends on the practice that – starting from the real need to build links between school, work, social inclusion and psycho-physical well-being (citizenship) – the Monstrosity of school / work diversionSchool autonomy for the use and consumption of managers.

The WHO Department of Mental Health produced the first definition of life skills in 1993 and still represents a good attempt to identify the emotional, relational (soft skills) and cognitive (hard skills) skills needed to promote personal well-being, School education and job placement. The hypothesis on which everything is based is that the soft skills are “teachable”, or that the school should deal with them by treating them as transversal disciplines to the curricular subjects.

Fashion has spread rapidly and the law is an example of this, directly from its objectives: to combat abandonment, to help children better integrate into society, by giving schools the educational task – together with cultural and interpretive skills and abilities – also aspects of her personality which the company considered to be deficient. So when they have to fill out their CV, they can not only indicate their educational qualifications, what they can do and what experiences they have had, but also give an idea of ​​what they are as human beings.

It seems like another attempt to distort the school: definitively cancel out its character of “free island”, in which critical thinking, autonomy of expansion and judgment, competence and connection, above all, build capacity. A free island surrounded by another world, but capable of building the right space and guaranteeing to grow, learning methods and content, looking for the most original way in which everyone manages to present themselves with dignity in the world to be.

School dropout, exclusion, frustration of failure – everyone who has set foot in a school knows – it can not be combated. the excessive simplification of the content to the trivialization of knowledge and the elimination of the effort to achieve the goal. If that were the case, it would be neither abandonment nor inconvenience in our schools, instead they are the scene of everyday mistakes and frustrations that are sometimes able to mark life. It is also not fought by dropping all possible skills on the school to remove responsibility which are elsewhere: sometimes he acts more as a cultural mediator for foreign students and their families than researches and conferences with flow of words; a tablet and connectivity for without delegating to families the use of bonuses that encourage abuse, which in turn produce the television dramas of sovereign political leaders.

The obvious shortcomings of the school were answered with proposed measures and measures Leakage they plug, not to confront first the cultural and then practical crisis of an institution that reflects that of society: bullying and maladaptation are answered with the available psychologist; the obvious difficulty in respecting social rules is answered with the hours of civic education; the lack of organization of content and learning methods currently is addressed with recovery courses and the reduction of knowledge to a minimum.

However, there would be experiences, experiments, models, starting with those who made the school an instrument for the integration of large masses of immigrants in the North in the 1970s. It is clear, however, like the sun, that the school, in order to breathe, to rebuild itself and strive to return to a central role in society, it has only one road: to return to perform its function in a qualified manner, to purify itself of all the pseudo-pedagogical cuts from which it has been accused. School must change, it must once again be the instrument with which society, us, guarantees Development of critical thinkingthe freedom to study the world and analyze the interpretations of others to have our own, benefit from the knowledge that psycho-pedagogy provides, from the technologies that make things easier and more complicated at the same time, from the social Changes that require a different articulation of the learning of the younger generations.

The law seems to represent the exact opposite: a world in which the goal-oriented school produces young people elastic and obedient, so nice otherwise it’s going bad for them in the end. Even the Galli della Loggia realized this, coming from the pillars of Courier Service she expressed her astonishment vis-à-vis a parliament that voted almost unanimously for her to think independently or ignorantly of the consequences of school as totally subservient to the rest of society. This is why the Senate should intervene and also the world of education.

On the other hand, the education of young people, including the life skills, it seems many take care of themselveseveryone with the tools at their disposal: how do students read the batons protesting against the alternation, daughter of this logic that killed only one of them otherwise?

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