A “vaccine” of trust and hope to the school in the presence for a renewed experience of normality

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A "VACCINE" OF TRUST AND HOPE AT THE SCHOOL IN PRESENCE FOR A RENEWED EXPERIENCE OF NORMALITY

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In these times of restart, That passage from the Gospel in which Jesus invites the weary disciples often comes to mind, after the troubles of an unsuccessful fishing, to cast the nets again.

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Anna Monia Alfieri, I.M.

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“We struggled all night and didn't catch anything; but at your word I will cast the nets " [LC 5,5]

The school restarts. It's a fact. No more nostalgia for the holidays: it's time to leave and commit. And great! In the lasts 19 months of lockdown many took to the field for our young people. In the last months, even more briskly, we all worked, why the slogan school in attendance not only remain such but become a reality.

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We adults we have renewed the awareness that school is the place of knowledge, the place where students develop the ability to reflect. Notions are learned at school, but we learn to argue, to live in a necessary relational dimension.

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Here then we go back to pointing the alarm clock, to prepare the backpack, books, to check the subjects of the day, the emotion of an interrogation returns, a demanding verification. It returns to normal.

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I think of our dear young people and I would like them to experience the excitement of the beginning of a new school year, with all the expectations that each of us carries in our hearts. To each and every one: have a good year, in the joy of learning firm contents, in the desire to weave healthy relationships. This is the heart of education ... In a good public school, state or equal.

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A wish extended to all teachers who are struggling with meetings, the colleges, the departments: not sterile bureaucracy, but you meet people united by the desire to think, to design, to devise learning paths for young people who will be entrusted to them in the classes, in an inter-generational exchange of culture and values.

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A thought goes to the parents, in the awareness that educational responsibility, to be exercised, it needs freedom. But it is always responsibility: therefore an adult question with a formed and solid will.

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How much do we need of truly adults! I hope that the restart of the school will be an appeal for everyone for a fairer and more equitable school: this will depend on our ability to ask for the completion of the “autonomy, equality and freedom of educational choice ". Citizens are thus rediscovered freer, because a value is rediscovered: the civic sense, at the service of the good of all. A value, that of civic sense, that only face-to-face school can help make it a reality every day.

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In these times of restart, That passage from the Gospel often comes to mind [cf.. LC. 5, 5] in which Jesus invites the weary disciples, after the troubles of an unsuccessful fishing, to cast the nets again. Peter, in whose humanity each of us can reflect, although he too is at the end of his strength, he replies to the Master: «[…] We worked hard all night and took nothing; But at your word I will let down the nets» [“We struggled all night and didn't catch anything; but at your word I will cast the nets "].

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Here, we all struggled for a long time: now is the time to cast the nets into the sea and collect abundant fishing made of culture, commitment, good will, desire to be useful to society. Greetings, therefore, of happy school year!

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Milan, 6 September 2021

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