“Culture is reborn (and passes into Valtellina)”

Double agreement yesterday with professor Giorgio Vittadiniprofessor of statistics at Bicocca University of Milan and chairman of the Foundation for Subsidiarity, guest on the project “Culture is reborn (and passes into Valtellina)”, an initiative promoted by the Cooperative Nicolò Rusca Onlus – Pio XII Institute in collaboration with the FSO in Sondrio, the “Orobici” Countries Institute and the “Alberti” Institute of Bormio, thanks to the contribution of the Cariplo Foundation. In the afternoon, the expert presented his volume to an audience of teachers gathered at the Scholastic Office in via Donegani Travel into character skills. People, relationships, values while in the evening in the Excelsior Cinema he met the citizens for a conference focusing on the theme “What hope today? From Covid to the war against PNRR: perspectives and factors for building a new sociality.

The future of education and school was the topics at the center of the encounter with teachers, based on the assumption that learning represents a process that not only involves cognitive skills but also involves cross-cutting qualities, personality dispositions called “character skills”. Such as openness, the ability to cooperate, security. Vittadini, introduced by the Ust manager Fabio Molinari present at the meeting with School Principal Pius XII Francesca Cannizzaro, began by focusing on the issue of school dropout. “With the advent of Covid, the phenomenon of early school leaving has increased and Italy is one of the European countries with the highest drop-out rates, reaching 13.1%. The reasons are linked both to the context and to individual motivations, but what can prevent this phenomenon is certainly the teachers ‘ability to stimulate the students’ interest “.

But what exactly are we referring to when we talk about character skills?Character skills, also called non-cognitive skills or soft skills, are personality traits, they require learning and working skills and can change significantly during an individual’s existence – the expert explained and took up Heckman’s definition -. It was Heckman himself who conducted several studies that showed how non-cognitive skills related to character were the predominant element in promoting knowledge and reducing school dropout. Aspects such as optimism, hope, resilience and the ability to respond to difficulties are indispensable both in school and in the workplace. And according to the author, these aspects can not only be referred to as “behavior”. “The school can not ignore the person as a whole – he specified – the winning idea is to transform the teaching into something that really interests children and put the pedagogical relationship at the center. The point that makes the quality of a school is, in fact, the ability of teachers to resonate with their students. ”

There were no important suggestions for teachers. The school can facilitate or hinder the sensible contact with reality, the existence of an inherent interest, the relevance, support fatigue and failures, involve in successes and achievements, make us reflect together on each individual path, build a “place”, a school environment uniquely geared towards NCS “. Vittadini’s work with character skills therefore emphasizes the need for the individual in his specificity to return to the center of the current model of socio-economic development. “And against the idea of ​​’school as a place of normalization, adaptation and conformity’, against individual thinking and orthodoxy; a student valued in all his subjective characteristics can only increase critical ability, personalization, creativity».

“What hope today? From Covid to the war against PNRR: perspectives and factors for building a new sociality“Was instead the theme at the center of the evening in the Excelsior Cinema coordinated by the President of Cooperative Nicolò Rusca Onlus – Pius XII Schools, Lawyer Danilo Sava. A meeting, also underlined by Sava, “who does not pretend to offer recipes, but rather to understand what the role of society could be in light of the epoch-making challenges of these years“.

The pandemic has shown us how illness is also a social problem and how sociality represents a fundamental aspect of healing. Vittadini explained. It has been lost alone, and the disintermediation of recent years has also represented a failure from a political point of view, and now is the time to come together, to give value to the “intermediate bodies” to get out of the crisis and start over. development ».

Ideal vision, the centrality of the individual and solidarity are the key words for a possible improvement. “In the last 10 years, there has been a horizontal cut in healthcare spending, and the amazing concepts that allow us to have an overall vision for healthcare have disappeared. To the debate on health are added the difficulties of the political bodies in coordinating, the loss of a political vision and the fact that Covid has entered a system based on rare individual ideals. However, this “ideal collapse” is not just an Italian condition. At the international level, the idea that an ideal state is needed to be able to reason among people is no longer valid. Liberalism and the unregulated market also contributed to the loss of an ideal vision. Even the resumption of a Russian nationalism arises from the complete lack of an ideal vision, which also consists of compromise. Paradoxically, there is a common matrix behind both Covid and the war: the lack of an ideal that seeks to favor the spread of a common good. ”

Vittadini then launched an important message of hope: “Under Covid, the Italian people showed a maturity that one did not think had; it responded by rediscovering the importance of “intermediate bodies”, voluntary associations and many other realities. And again having to deal with an infectious disease has changed the relationship to health, which is no longer an individual thing, but a collective matter, as “my health also depends on your behavior”. The same applies to the great solidarity shown to those fleeing the war. ” The role of the Holy See and Vatican diplomacy, which Vittadini recalled, is not only a fundamental “intermediary”, but an authentic instrument for resolving crises and wars, both past and present, is also indispensable. “The real reason for hope is that we can each experience a great deal of solidarity in our daily lives. Each of us should experience a “vision” in our own individual that can be based on the individual, but also extend to a national or even international level and make it the collective best », he concluded.

The next appointment with the cultural revue is at Saturday, May 7th at Sala Ligari in Sondrio, where from kl. 17.00 the exhibition with the title “I will not even die if they kill me. Guareschi’s human adventure” in the company of curator Paolo Gulisano. The exhibition will be open until 21 May and it is possible to book tours for school groups and groups. Monday, May 9th we return to talk about Guareschi at the Sala Don Vittorio Chiari in Sondrio, where the show will be staged at. 20.45 “Humor is a serious matter” with Matteo Bonanni (vote) And Gino Zampelli (accordion). The show will be free.

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