Young people also want to enter the debate of the moment: the election of the new President of the Republic.
Pointing out one name above all: Mario Draghi.
Most of the 1,800 young people - between 14 and 25 years old - reached in these days by the Skuola.net portal, placed in front of a list of "eligible candidates" have no doubts: the current President should take up the position of the Council.
To think so is well 1 out of 4. No one else, at least among the most popular candidates, seems to convince;
so much so that the second most popular option is "none of them" (17%).
A choice that, however, at least for the younger children, has matured without fundamental support: that of the school.
Although there is a lot of talk about Citizenship Education, to train new generations who are more aware of the social context in which they live, the topic that has been dominating for months seems to have no place in our classrooms.
Among those who still attend school, from September to today, 70% have never talked about Quirinale and the role of the President of the Republic with their teachers;
1 out of 5 tackled the right topic once or twice;
just 1 in 10 discuss it frequently.
This is perhaps why, names aside, when he is asked simple questions on how to elect the Head of State, the distance between young people (not only in school age) and institutions is shown in all its evidence. Only 31%, for example, know which bodies elect the President of the Republic (ie the "big electors": senators, deputies and representatives of the Regions); while a good half (47%), while making a slight mistake in answering, forgets the delegates of the Regions; the others go completely astray. Even the minimum age to be able to hold the office is confusing: almost 1 in 4 are convinced that it is necessary to be over 60, 18% lower the bar to 40, 13% think that it is enough to be of age; in the end only 45% indicate (correctly) the age barrier for the candidacy in 50 years. Better,but not too much, on the duration of the mandate: to know that the President of the Republic carries out his role in 7 years, there are 6 out of 10.
Inevitable, in a survey on the Head of State, ask young people for a point of view on who is about to finish his post: that Sergio Mattarella whom many would like for a second term. His re-election would be frowned upon by the majority of respondents (53%). More or less the same who promote Mattarella's seven-year career with flying colors (55%). Unfortunately, however, there is also a good portion that was unaware of the identity of the outgoing President: the phrase "Mattarella, who is this?" probably echoes in the thoughts of as many as 20% of students.
Returning, however, to the toto-Quirinale, we have already said about the solitary race - at least in the minds of the boys - of Draghi and the lack of confidence in other solutions. But, having to name names, what could be the alternatives? Among the characters brought up in these days, immediately behind the Premier, albeit very detached, is Silvio Berlusconi (indicated by 13%), followed by Marta Cartabia (11%). And if it were the young people who could freely choose their candidate? Things change completely, you leave politics: for large groups of teenagers and twenty-year-olds the perfect candidate would be Piero Angela or, having to focus on a younger profile, his son Alberto.
But, names aside, what is the identikit of the next Head of State according to girls and boys? For example, does it have to be a man or a woman? On this, although a quarter of the sample (24%) argues that it is time to change gear, making the first woman go up to the Quirinale, more than two thirds (68%) agree in affirming that gender is indifferent and that skills. Same thing with regard to age: 26% would like a “young” President, potentially more dynamic and close to their needs; 19% would prefer it more “mature”, trusting in experience; but the majority (54%) think age doesn't matter.
“If not now, when is the time to use the weekly civic education hour to talk about the functions and methods of electing the President of the Republic?
Yet 70% of the students interviewed never touched the subject at school ”, Thus Daniele Grassucci, director of Skuola.net, who continues:“ It is useless to point the finger at the boys.
Evidently, little concrete is still being done for civic education.
But then, in the Maturity exam, students are asked to demonstrate what they have learned, and according to our experience the role of the President of the Republic is one of the topics most addressed by the commissions.
A contradiction that must be remedied.
Also because how is it possible that 1 in 5 students does not recognize Sergio Mattarella as the President who has accompanied us in recent years? ".