Chapter 3. Lorenzo Milani and the School of Barbiana’s Pedagogical Approach
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Lorenzo Milani and the School of Barbiana’s Pedagogical Approach
Because there is nothing as unjust as trying to create equality among those who are not equal.
—SCHOOL OF BARBIANA, IN BORG, CARDONA, AND CARUANA, 2009, P. 155
Lorenzo Milani has been gaining recognition as a figure who can provide insights for a critical approach to education. He is certainly revered in Southern Europe, especially in his native Italy, for his radical approach to education and schooling in particular. He has gained recognition in the English-speaking world since some of the works he wrote (those concerning his trial and tribulations) and others with which he is strongly associated, such as the Lettera, have been translated into English and have been the subject of some insightful discussions. Three years following its publication in Italian in 1967, the Lettera was published in English translation by the U.S. publishing house Random House. In Britain, the Open University used the Penguin edition of the English version of the Lettera as a text. It was a featured text in a course on Schooling and Society (E 202) that started in 1974.1 In 1988, the University of Indiana Press published J. T. Burtchaell’s A Just War No Longer Exists. The Teaching and Trial of Don Lorenzo Milani, which includes translated versions of the Lettera ai Giudici (Letter to the Judges), the Lettera ai Cappellani (the Letter to the Military Chaplains), and other material ← 50 | 51...
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