- The detail, in a sense, is less important than the underlying commitment to the learner; less important than the pervasive distaste evident in the manifesto for all the bureaucratic bullshit that permeates the vast majority of the outpourings from government, both central and local, on education; and much less important than the core message, which is that teachers need to rise up from their submissive seats and tell the sundry politicians, apparatchiks, self-styled gurus and arid academics to f**k off and let them get on with what they do best.
Luciana Guido has done an English translation of the original Manifesto degli insegnanti and we share it here:
- I love teaching. I love learning. This is why I’m a teacher.
- I will teach to promote in every way a sense of wonder at the world, which is inborn in my students. I will teach in order to be overtaken by them. When I am no longer able to do that, I will release my position to one of them.
- I will teach by demonstration and example. The acknowledgment of my mistakes will enlighten my way.
- I will join my students in their discovery of the world around them, favouring and encouraging among each of them curiosity and inquisitiveness, questions and passion.
- Being unable to convey truth to my students, my endeavour will be to get them to live in its pursuit.
- I will foster in my students the commitment and will power to constantly improve themselves and to never give up when faced with difficulties. I, too, will keep updating my training and knowledge.
- I will strive to make the school the world, and not a prison.
- I will not convey to my students fixed, pre-packaged ideas. I will be lead by my world view but it will never be a law for them. Questioning and constructive criticism will be the pillars of my educational action.
- I will promote studying for life and oppose studying for grades.
- I will gather assessment factors, and refuse simplistic and mechanical approaches that do not take into account the starting point, progress, commitment and overall improvement of each student.
- I will fight for the school to be everybody’s school, a school where each student can learn according to his/her own pace and path. I will see that my students choose me rather than put up with me.
- I will help my students light up the future through reading about the past and fully living in the present. I will help them live in the world as it is, but not tolerate leaving it as it is.
- I will remain faithful to these tenets at all moments of my educational activity, ready to face and overcome all formal and bureaucratic obstacles in my path.
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