They allow a more suitable and rational use of space. These are the new school desks that from this year ‘debut’ in Italian classrooms, allowing that physical distancing recommended by virologists and epidemiologists as needed anti-Covid measure. Having replaced the old school desk with two seats, the latest generation desk is about to become the trusted companion of … every student’s desk.
According to the Minister of Education, Lucia Azzolina, “the new desks will serve to optimize space and its better exploitation, especially in those school buildings that do not have more than enough space for teaching activities”.
With or without wheels, the new desks are designed to allow the maintenance of a distance of one meter between the pupils who will no longer have a classmate, but many classmates.
A matter that is provoking a rather ‘participatory’ debate, which like all novelties leaves ample room for interpretation and doubt: is it a revolution, will it substantially change teaching and school coexistence? Each novelty is considered a “test bed”. The important thing is that “one meter ahead or to one side” it is always the pupils who… ‘hold the bench’, protagonists of the didactic and educational action.
Maybe my desk will be old,
he will be a little old and maybe tired,
but it is nothing mysterious
if since this year they have put it to rest.
It is because now inside the room
you need more space to stay at a distance,
and so here I find myself
another bank, a new bank.
– “Hello Banco, if you allow me,
let me introduce myself here immediately:
I am now your new tenant,
you are my bench a little bit smaller ».
“If you look ahead or if you look behind
my partner is one meter away,
our benches are smaller,
we seem distant, but we are close ».
As we know, everything new
is considered a ‘test bed’,
but a meter ahead or to the side
we are always the ones ‘holding the bank’.
Mimmo Mòllica ©