Pietro Braido – Il progetto operativo di Don Bosco e l’utopia della società cristiana

Il significato del tema e, in particolare, l’uso della formula «progetto operativo», anziché  educativo», «pastorale», «spirituale» o simili, possono acquistare giusto rilievo mettendoli a confronto con una serie di testi, che risalgono al decennio più riflessivo e maturo dell’attività di Don Bosco (1876-1886). Il progetto è, infatti, Don Bosco stesso e la sua espressione primordiale coincide con la sua vita.

È intento della ricerca offrire soltanto le grandi linee di una rievocazione storico-biografica; non può, in quanto tale, costituire un programma di azione per l’oggi; e, tuttavia, inevitabilmente propone dati e suggestioni idonei a favorirne l’elaborazione. Continue reading “Pietro Braido – Il progetto operativo di Don Bosco e l’utopia della società cristiana”

Aldo Giraudo – Le “Memorie dell’Oratorio” di don Bosco

Le Memorie dell’Oratorio sono, tra le opere di san Giovanni Bosco (1815-1888), una delle più personali, forse il libro più ricco di contenuti e di orientamenti preventivi che egli abbia scritto. Composte tra 1873 e 1875, in un momento di grande fervore operativo, riflettono sul cammino percorso per definirne il senso e focalizzare l’attenzione dei discepoli sulla identità di un’istituzione orientata alla salvezza dei giovani, pronta ad aprirsi in prospettiva mondiale. Continue reading “Aldo Giraudo – Le “Memorie dell’Oratorio” di don Bosco”

Giovanni Bosco – Summary of goodnights to the boys at Valdocco (1864-1877)

Amongst the more original practices put in place as part of the educational praxis at Valdocco, and maintained in the Salesian tradition that then followed from it, we would have to highlight the “Goodnights”: brief “talks” or “short speeches” after night prayers. Don Bosco addressed the pupils in the presence of their educators (superiors of the house, teachers assistants), in a familiar way using simple and attractive language.

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Giovanni Bosco – Educational reading and spreading good books (1860-1885)

“Don Bosco,” Fr Michael Rua writes in a brief note in 1867 “sad at seeing the great evil that was happening especially amongst young students because of bad literature, planned to set up an association of good classical and modern literature.”

The plan became a reality the following year, when he began publishing the “Library for Italian Youth” or “Library of Italian Classics.”

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Giovanni Bosco – Pedagogical and didactic principles and disciplinary matters (1846-1879

The ten brief documents that follow—some perhaps less known than the previous ones in Salesian history—are also interesting from the point of view of the maturing and practice of Don Bosco’s educational system. We have a necessarily limited selection here of personal letters to people responsible for public education, or to young people and teachers, and circulars on pedagogical and didactic issues.

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Giovanni Bosco – Reminders to practise the Preventive System (1884-1885)

In his 1877 booklet on pedagogy, Don Bosco highlights the advantages of the Preventive System and other reasons for which it should be preferred. At the same time he recognises that the “practical application” of the educational approach he is proposing implies “certain difficulties” for educators.

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Giovanni Bosco – Prevention and education (1877-1878): The Preventive System in the Education of the Young

The Preventive System in the education of the young (1877) is one of the most important and widespread documents by the founder of the Salesians and the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians. It is the first more or less complete account—despite its small size—that Don Bosco had put together on his educational approach. It is with this “small treatise” that his reputation as educator and pedagogue became so intimately linked.

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Giovanni Bosco – Don Bosco’s educational method in confidential discussions with a politician (1854) and an elementary school teacher (1864)

“Even though these were written down later (1881-1882), two presentations which Don Bosco made regarding his educational system are trustworthy. They were conversations that took place in 1854 and 1864. The first was with a Minister of the Kingdom of Sardinia, Urban Rattazzi; the other with an elementary teacher, Francis Bodrato.”

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