Pippo Rao, during his speech, highlighted the reasons why liberals have always given a fundamental importance to the School. Crossing the themes of the liberal commitment from the correct School / Society Relationship, to the Equality of the starting points, to the Right to Education, to the abolition of the legal value of qualifications, to the State and non-State School, Rao highlighted how a School of freedom cannot fail to produce culture because of the indissoluble relationship that links it to the concept of freedom.
Just as there is no freedom without culture, there is no culture without freedom. For despotism, in fact, the greatest danger always comes from the culture that tries to suffocate in every way. Continuing, Rao dwelt on the abolition of the legal value of educational qualifications, with broad quotations from Einaudi and Valitutti, convinced that this provision would give more seriousness to the school, close the clash between the State / Non-State School, raise the level cultural because the choice would not be linked to the “piece of paper”.
Concluding, he stated that the solution to the School’s deculturation crisis cannot be entrusted only to the teachers’ ability to work, but it needs measures concerning programs, methodologies, objectives, freedom of teaching in respect of freedom of learning, resources that facilitate the right to study for capable and deserving students but also for the most disadvantaged. The reference to Croce and the meaning of his “State Examination” was not lacking.