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How can we reconcile adolescents with their bodies and fight against violent manipulation and an all-inclusive idol? How can we help them construct a healthy image of their body, accepting its complementarity and finiteness?

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What educational itineraries can be hyothesized to facilitate an appropriate gender identity, the awareness of the value of difference as against a standardization of genders, and being open to relationships as interpersonal exchanges?

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How can we facilitate the construction of the necessary sense ‘of reality’, and oppose the attempts to escape into virtual worlds, into substance abuse, into extending forever the narcissistic phase….?

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How can we support the need for relationships that adolescents have without them falling into the hands of highly transgressive groups where accountability is unknown? How can we reformulate the space of aggregation (groups) so that in these groups the institutional organized educational dimension can coexist with the desire of being the centre of attention of spontaneous groups, that are so appealing to adolescents?

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How can the school help adolescents to integrate their needs for developing their expressiveness, their need for personal fulfilment with the need to learn about basic cultural instruments? What consequences can all this have on the school curriculum? What needs to be changed in things as they stand now?

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How can school give value to the languages of adolescents and not use modes of communication that they are not comfortable with?

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How can we rethink the relationship with other educational entities in terms of participation and collaboration, from the standpoint of an educating community?

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How can the teaching of the Catholic religion be correctly positioned in the school curriculum so as to enhance the privileged contribution that this teaching can offer in relation to the questions around sense that children and adolescents struggle with?

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How can adolescents be reconciled with the sense of time, give meaning again to the function of the past (tradition, memory) and to the dimension of the future (possibilities and making projects) so as to give meaning to the present?

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How is it possible today to be flexible persons, that is open to critical verification and to control of experience and be people of faith? How do faith and laicality combine in the multicultural contexts that characterize our experience?

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How can we enhance the bent for aesthetics that is so appealing to adolescents, their sensitivity towards art, expressive values, so as to help them rediscover the beauty of an ethics experienced as an adventure to conquer human kindness

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How can we contrast the crisis of authority, promoting a positive interpretation by those who have the function of exercising it (parents, teachers, educators)?

The challenges in education. Recovering the past, promises, commitments

Italian Episcopal Conference, European Symposium, Roma 1-4 July 2004

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