Last week, Argentineans were shocked by the incident of the young secondary student who, in the middle of a class, made fun of the teacher, threatened her and attacked her both verbally and physically in front of the other students. Many of them were excited by the scene, and even one of them recorded a video which ended on the Internet (www.clarin.com…, other similar event: www.clarin.com…).
Predictably, it is not difficult to connect several phenomena of the current culture with this kind of event. A notorious failure of the educational-family tandem to deal with the formative phase of new generations, as well as the exacerbation of the situational expression of this deficit seem to prevail over the embarrassing positioning of the teaching officialism which rapidly claimed the non-representativeness of an “isolated incident”, and even over the interpretations prone to limit the problem to a geographical or socio-economical segmentation.
However, one of the most surprising details was the teacher’s attitude of trying to continue with the class to the very end, reciting the text of her presentation while she was rudely buffeted by the student and before an audience which could unlikely abstract from the absurd situation so as to gain any kind of knowledge of that grafted “script”.
This “show must go on” attitude grotesquely illustrates the deep alienation and denial of the surrounding reality transversally affecting a formal educational system which, facing a growing incapacity for being educative, dares to cling to the “formal” aspect up to the point of perversion.
Inspired by the cultural womb from which is one of the main and representative protagonists, the central education is committed to cynicism so as to galvanize its beaten raison d'être, knowing that an universe of parental sponsors will not lose their temper with demands they themselves can not satisfy in the rest of the fields, and consequently it will turn blind eye. “Remember that, when it comes to be parents, you put the naturalization before an evaluation of genuine and sustainable conditions. Your children are nothing but the product of this situation”, the Academy may say.
Is there a bigger subsidy than naturalization? The title of parent heads the line of accreditations which mutate into diminished commodities: the unquestionable role lies over feasibility and decision, the representation over the content.
So, the propensity to farce is a logical convention because it apparently allows the dysfunctional group of parents-education to prorogate the manifestation of the costs towards an undetermined future. “We bring them into the world, but they have to pay the bill”, this seems to be the small print which does not stop clouding the nobility of the classic recipe to satiate such a well-known instinct of transcendence.
Thus, the staging calls the third factor, the youth. The instructive spirit of the similar or softened sessions in the “Kevin” style has been so deeply infiltrated, that if there is a teaching learnt, it is the following: “Go on, go on”. Definitively, the anecdote’s teacher complied with the contract of passing on the tacit concept, the real instruction, the idea the inertia disguised as persistency requires an insane isolation.
When entering the university, the level of expectations is so low that it is difficult to find students who really want something more than a degree and a net of social contacts. They are calmly submitted to curricular and organizational absurdities the superior institutions of several latitudes show increasingly more. Only a trained generational weakness can explain such a low critical tolerance towards the “only way”.
Despite the efforts made in order to dissimulate the mess, the matter of formation and training is still there. The current technological conditions allow building alternative schemes of human development for a growing variety of profiles, in which the gravitation of real aptitudes leaves the anxiety of getting a “formal” accreditation in second place.
And above all, a scheme independent of the pachydermal official institutionalism not only can, in many cases, transmit knowledge and experiences more efficiently, but also represents a space which prevents the naturalized imposition of obsolete social contracts reproducing an empty performance with few sustainability perspectives.
The challenges of the time are waiting for a new attitude which, inspired by the assumption of responsibility, changes the participation in the maintenance of fiction for a leading role in the construction of a consistent reality.