Two teachers: “Never seen such immature pupils. It is believed that teachers can solve everything with understanding but teaching is tiring”

There has been talk of a real one for some time post Covid educational emergencygiven the numerous episodes of violence and that they see very young protagonists evidently grappling with a severe discomfort and malaise. Teachers, as they told us, often find themselves dealing with complex situations: for this reason many of them feel almost in the trenches, in first person danger.

Two teachers, Anna Rosa Besana and Rossella Gattinoni, who teach Literature at the IISS A. Greppi of Monticello in Brianza (Lecco), expressed their feelings by making a broad reflection on The Corriere della Sera. According to the two, much could be pointed out to the Covid, which has had consequences not to be underestimated in the school system and in the soul and psyche of the students themselves.

There is much beyond the question of merit

“New year, new life for school too? So it would seem, if we consider, to begin with, the recent change of name of the Ministry of Education to Ministry of Education and Merit, which has been much debated: merit of whom and for whom? But what we want to quibble about is not about the merits. In terms of the ‘midterm’ budget of the school year, there are other mandatory issues that require timely answers that go to the heart of the post-dad school question: first of all, the relationships between teachers and pupils, not excluding the other actors involved in the process educational,” they began. For teachers it is the relationship between teachers and students which should be taken care of by the ministry.

According to the two, for teachers the work has become increasingly difficult: “I have never seen students so deprived and immature from the point of view of relationships, and not only with teachers, but also with other school figures: classmates, ATA staff, management. As if the ‘free everyone’ had unleashed repressed impulses and brought out the removal of interrupted relationships. Giving lessons has thus proved to be extremely tiring, not only in terms of transmitting contents and skills, but also in restoring an order and a method of approaching school that is minimally aware and fruitful for learning”.

I’m many students who have found themselves in difficulty: “The class audience showed an increase in cases of pupils with serious problems characterized by turbulent, dangerous and undisciplined conduct and poor ability to concentrate. And this does not occur, as previously, in ‘fragile’ contexts already marked by early school leaving, but in, so to speak, privileged situations. Unprepared, therefore, for the emergency, the teachers find themselves managing ‘borderline’ students, sometimes from hospitalization, for whom a support network would be necessary, which is often lacking”.

Are you missing help?

The two teachers railed against those who do not understand these difficulties: “If incisive aids are lacking, it is perhaps because we are still cradled in the idealized image of the teacher-carer who can solve everything with understanding. But is not so; the tools to put in place to contain the discomfort should be quite different. The need for highly individualized teaching, suggested by the hospital expert, is impracticable because it is impossible for the teacher to assist the student in difficulty almost exclusively, in the context of classes of 30 people who are certainly not robots to be deactivated with a click” .

“For decades, numerous studies have described the teaching profession as one of the most debilitating from the point of view of physical and mental health. If the pandemic has put health issues in brackets due to the impossibility of dealing with them immediately, it is also true that the teachers’ discomfort increased when they were asked to manage and invent a new way of doing school to prevent the isolation of young people turned into a cultural and social disaster. The return, consequently, was marked by a real emotional breakdown of the teachers ”, the teachers increase the dose.

What could be done about it? “The Ministry, in the emergency phase, focused on issues such as the use of masks, wheelchairs, open windows, the fragility of children, the transformation of the State Exam, while the working conditions of teachers took little or no interest, except for the priority in the administration of vaccines or, very recently, in the renewal (after three years) of the employment contract with the well-publicized indication of the large arrears (all due), which made teachers think of as truly privileged. An action that is not very prudent and harmful, once again, to the image of the teacher, consigned to the stereotype of the part-time worker with a salary well above the commitment and effective skills. In the light of all this, a simple measure could be implemented, at least initially, as a sign of effective consideration of the difficulties that have arisen: reduce the number of students per class to alleviate the emotional burden of teachers and encourage a virtuous didactic and relational practice ”, they concluded teachers.

The same Minister of Education and Merit Giuseppe Valditara just today he talked about small classes, even made up of only 10 students. It really will be the end of chicken coop classes?

Two teachers: “Never seen such immature pupils. It is believed that teachers can solve everything with understanding but teaching is tiring”