War government: less money and more authoritarianism for the school

A few days ago I wrote about how the government is preparing for a rapid “return to normal” in schools without actually addressing any of the problems that have arisen from the pandemic or learning from them.

I would have liked to prove wrong, but unfortunately that is not the case. After finding the money to increase military spending in a matter of hours, the government reduced funding for education in draft DEF.

According to the DEF, Italy will pass from today to 2025 of the current investment of 4% of GDP in education to 3.5%, with a further decline expected for the next few years, to settle at 3.3%.

This is a consistent cut, motivated by the government with the decline in births, the result of the precarious lives of young people and the inadequacy of essential services, also evidenced by the fact that the decline in birth rates is more evident in the poorest . Regions and provinces.

The investment cut is in any case much higher than the expected demographic decline between now and 2025 and can therefore not justify such a devastating choice of government education.

Indeed, the expected (but not yet verified) drop in pupils would have been an opportunity to reduce the number of pupils per class in order to combat early school exchange policies (ministerial euphemism for actual selection say), educational inequalities, etc.

Please take this into account as well Italy is already one of the last countries in the EU ranking for education costs, which averages 4.7%. With these further reductions, Italy will be last.

It could be objected that in the PNRR funds are provided for education, but unfortunately the direction they will take is certainly not that of improving the school for all or their democratization.

In fact, as we have repeatedly verified, the PNRR funds will be largely allocated to projects that widen the gap between regions and schools, with the privilege of “excellence”, plans to promote symbiosis between companies and schools, in the logic of the “Territorial Pact” between private and public dear Minister Bianchi and the doubling of the High Technical Institutes, a real forge of “à la carte” work for the businesses of the territories where they are.

In this regard, the ministry plans to double the frequency of the last institutions run in conjunction with local businesses, whose managers are also “teaching staff” for half of the training hours.

Practically, the PNRR, from which we have analyzed several times the pages dedicated to the school, focuses on a further unification of the school and on the acquisition of its increasingly technocratic profile.

Of course, this situation can not be ignored by the working conditions of staff and teachers and therefore also the trade union aspect, which in the next Contract renewal, which, as usual, will also come when the contract has now expired, will cancel out any improbable economic benefit from the outset.

The political-institutional policy law published in September 2021 in the PNRR are the governing documents of ARAN for contractual negotiations on behalf of the Ministry and impose a forced corporatization for the school and greater professional restriction for teachers, coupled with a stratification of jobs and Léin. (in general misery) of the category.

Above all, the question of compulsory education. Today, training is compulsory, but there are margins for choosing this right on which courses and topics to choose.

Instead, the ministry reaffirms its intention to “The high school of training“(Online!) Under the INDIRE-INVALSI Guide (the one of the crosses and the stupid test), with compulsory courses, which are mainly about digitization and skills.

In short, an indoctrination that also includes a recovery from DAD, which until now should be a reminder of the time of need. On the contrary, it could also be recovered in the context of the frenzied policy, according to which everything is digitally innovative and there is no immolation outside of digital.

Of course, from a methodological point of view, the worst pillars focus on the so-called “frontal course”, a working method that has practically disappeared from the practice of teachers in favor of dialogical lessons discussed etc. in which, however, the transfer of knowledge does not give up.

Own the disappearance of knowledge from schooltaught in the classroom under the guidance of the teacher, (which also includes experiments for science subjects) is one of the goals of the current ministerial administration, which instead focuses entirely on functional competencies in the world of work.

So the real goal to be destroyed is not the frontal lesson, but the knowledge.

Another idea that is circulating in the ministry is to set up (and pay for) the specific numbers of interim management that Middle-manager which will replace the current collaborators of the teacher. These numbers, underlined as “support for autonomy”, are obviously functional in the school of chief executives, who often have the responsibility to direct many complexes, even clearly far apart, with the result that they have to rely on reference numbers trust those operating. in individual situations.

This too is aberrant, as it confirms the idea of ​​the head manager and vice-manager, with an authoritarian stratification of the category and where the manager again takes care of everything except the pedagogical and didactic coordination of the school.

The proposal for a Feeling good Company for school staff. The school workers are employees of the state, who must guarantee adequate health care for all citizens. Now he proposes stealing money from their already weak salaries, which benefits private individuals that will be able, perhaps, to make an appointment to guarantee a faster visit than the devastated public service.

This is a way to steal money from workers and put it in the pockets of private health by masking the degradation of public health. A total scandal, then, if practiced by the state, because this fraudulent form of aid has unfortunately already found its way into various contracts of the private sector.

And for those who do not agree with all this? The revision of the disciplinary code is already under waywhich, with good reason, I fear, will not go in a democratic sense.

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