“Unacceptable cut of 9,600 professorships from 2026”, “more teachers due to demographic decline improve teaching”: PD criticizes Bianchi reform

“Unacceptable cut of 9,600 professorships from 2026”, “more teachers due to demographic decline improve teaching”: PD criticizes Bianchi reform

“I share the concerns of the latest decree on schools. Half an hour after its release, I declared that we all in the Democratic Party expect some issues to disappear.” Manuela Ghizzoni, head of the Democratic Party School, did not spare criticism of the recent government provision on the recruitment and training of teachers, as he addressed the many confusions expressed during a heated public meeting on education issues. The decree is in the Senate and awaits the parliamentary transformation into law, “and now we have sixty days and they will be very demanding. Will we be able to change the decree? I do not know what we will see”.

The meeting takes place at Modena Est Polisportiva on the initiative of the local democratic party and is entitled “Let’s take care of school”. But in the meantime, the school takes care of everything else. This is mentioned in the room by explicitly alluding, with data in hand, to the welcome in our classrooms by many Ukrainian students, refugees from war. Critical issues, inadequate policies, inadequate investment, inadequate treatment of teachers, and yet … And yet, the chairman explains, “there is an internal strength in the school thanks to brave teachers and ruthless school leaders, attentive parents, communities present., And of course thanks to the municipal administrations that do a lot ”.

It is the school that has known the experiences of the territorial education pacts that have made schools large in Modena and Emilia, as Memi Campana of Mce, Movement of Educational Cooperation, recalls. The teacher emphasizes and relaunches the meaning of the word treatment, in its relational meaning and reminiscent of the “three school years that affected our children. They are not very long, but they are very important for a boy’s growth”. Meaningful and difficult, often destructive. “But what does it mean to take care of school in the post-pandemic?” Asks Cristina Contri, President of MCE. “Taking care of the school – is the answer she herself gives – is reminiscent of four aspects. Management of space, knowledge, teacher training and the pedagogical relationship. We have 58,544 buildings, two-thirds of which were built before 1975, 55 percent of them are at risk of earthquakes, many do not have a gym, every other does not have a canteen, few have a patio. Taking care of space is not just about safety. Pedagogy must be related to space, Loris Malaguzzi said so many years ago, but I’m afraid all the money from PNRR will be put here. In terms of knowledge, it is necessary to choose the essential and important things in addition to the phantom program. We all need to learn something important. First and foremost, language, as a central thing that serves the person. After 50 years, De Mauro’s theses on language are current. To give the word to everyone, not because they become artists, but because they are not slaves. This means creating an alliance between scientific culture and humanistic culture ”. And the training? “If you want to change the school, you have to invest in basic and continuing education. School is a craft, teachers must have a toolbox of practical things: how to manage a class? How is it assessed? Not how it is punished: but how it is judged. How do you turn something I want to learn into reality? How can I counter the opposition of those who do not want to learn? How can I get those who do not want to learn to learn? Taking care of teacher education means making pedagogical efforts ”.

Temperament lights up, we become passionate, talk about school, like in the old days. There are some tears, a bit of resignation, which turns into anger between one intervention and another. In the quay, the teachers’ precariousness, the high number of students per class, the early school dropouts that now also seem to involve middle school, the training of teachers, the handling of Covid in our classrooms, the mental problems they encountered in the thousands. of students, young and old due to distance, restrictions, emergency education. But proposals were also put forward, such as reducing the number of students per class to 20 from primary school, as a teacher from the City and School Association asked: “this is where the problems begin, it is already late in middle school, do something, ours is an appeal”.

And it is up to Manuela Ghizzoni, who is already a very active parliamentarian on education and research issues, to answer dozens of questions from ordinary citizens and students: like Nicolò, a student from Muratori Classical High School in Modena, who is also very critical of for PCTO. Or as the parent, chairman of the department council of an urban institute, who asked for the abolition of the rules introduced by Gelmini: “you were in government, why did you not abolish them”? Or like many others who say they are disappointed and concerned about the fact that the money for NRR that will be dedicated to the school is scarce and thus finds the school in the last place in the government’s attention but also because it becomes used on construction and digital when “we know – a teacher insists – that digital for children is not only useless for learning, but is actually harmful, as the experts confirm”

“It is not true that PNRR has put us in the last place as a school,” comments Manuela Ghizzoni. “One and a half billion on territorial gaps, for example, is not an insignificant thing. How should we spend this money? But we could be wrong if we did not link the goal of narrowing the gaps to other goals. For example, lowering the number of students per grade. But other things also need to come into play: I’m thinking of Leps, the essential levels of performance. The school must, to give just one example, be a maximum of a certain number of kilometers from where the families live, and it must be accessible by public transport: already here, in Emilia Romagna, these Leps are not respected. Then I also think of the two billion invested for the shipowners. Terms expired in early February and tenders ran out. Let’s ask ourselves why the municipalities can not do that “

Ghizzoni then focuses on the decree on the recruitment and training of teachers and emphasizes the many aspects that saw her against it right from the start. Like training: “it can not be foreseen in the three-year education, it takes the time for reflection to stay and learn the skills, but it is the basis for getting into the classroom”. The transition phase is poorly thought out, he says: “I think of those who finish in July, what happens to them? Continuing education in service convinces us even less. I had read the draft decree. The text has changed a lot. For example, one surprise that we dispute is the rule of 2026 reduction of the empowerment chairs: it is unacceptable. Another mistake is that the in-service training course is not included in the address deed on contract renewal of teachers. “We get sixty days to talk about it, but one thing I want to say and I answer the student, I can see that the school is burning: If a student in the PCTO works, then it is not a PCTO if you do it it is illegal. If the boy is abandoned by the supervisor, this is a misdemeanor. I remind everyone that when Minister Fedeli activated the red button “to report the error in the management of Pcto”, many reports arrived. The PCTO must start from safety. It is necessary to evaluate the propensity to form Pcto “.

Finally, the news of the birth rate and the future cuts in Def: “Def has worried us,” Ghizzoni concludes. “The table that was circulated is based on demographic trends. We are facing a worrying demographic decline. This year we have 100,000 fewer students than last year.Next year there will be 126,000 fewer than in 2022. But the extra teachers will, in our opinion, have to stay in school to strengthen the teaching activity.Mef does not agree with us from the Democratic Party.We can do it “Yes, if the parliamentary groups are involved. I remember that the Covid contingent took place at our request”.

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