The words of school policy

Also for the appreciation I have always reserved for my friend Orazio Niceforo, careful and serious observer of what is happening in the field of education, especially along the paths of comparative studies, I have taken the work with interest , which he entitled “School and Politics – Essential lexicon of school politics“. *

The book uses a penetrating and authoritative reflection by Carlo Cappa, who rightly underlines the specificity of a project curated by Niceforo, which is recognized as original and new in the context of analyzes of education systems. .

This reason for reflection is to be shared, because Nicephorus’ work is put to bed by uneducated scholars who have successfully practiced the meaning of words both in Italy and in other countries. For example, I would like to mention the recent contribution of P. Clavier and E. Coccia (“Lexicon of Moral Values“, Published by Armando); and the important work of J. Attali (“Lexicon for the Future – Dictionary for the 21st. Century“, Published by the same publisher).

Other literary exercises on words and their intimate meanings, and on the correlations between them, could be cited. Another example: the work of G. Ravasi, “The words and the days“, Presented as a New Lay Breviary. Ravasi’s reflections on the content that words can express are interesting:”Everyone has a message, an intuition, a thought to communicate, around which it is possible to flourish a short meditation, an intimate enlightenment, an enthusiasm of conscience.“.

Words should therefore be meditated on, they should not be used too quickly. Behind them must be found the less common meaning ascribed to them. All of this is implicitly acknowledged in the work of Nicephorus, which leads us to confirm that both legal and pedagogical literature, which has fostered research in education in recent decades, would require more cues and wisdom in the use of words. Part of those who deal with the issues of education and training.

Understanding the meaning of words represents a not insignificant first step in interpreting the many aspects that the educational world recalls. Some simple examples? We think of terms like dispersion, evaluation, equity or merit, among the many that no doubt lend themselves to interpretations in a different direction.

One last note provoked by reading Nicephorus’ book: research (see S. Ferreri’s contribution on lexical literacy and pedagogical linguistics) tells us that it is absolutely recognized. “the incremental nature of lexical knowledge“. This means that in the evolution that education systems are going through, we expect to see a reasonable mutability of expressions that can be used in relation to the issues of education. My friend Nicephorus needs that Taking into account and in addition to the good work already done in his book on “Related Articles”, he will give us further updated contributions that are able to use, in line with his consolidated interests, including international comparative studies.

* UniversItalia Verlag, via Passolombardo 421, 00133 Rome – Tel. 06.2026342


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