Among the new phenomena recorded by pedagogical reflections on family life, perhaps the most interesting is an actual change in the new fathers’ awareness of their commitment to their children’s education. In terms of experience, it must be recognized that the new fathers phenomenon is still statistically confined to a minority of people; however, it appears significant from a pedagogical viewpoint: in fact, not only can fathers’ greater physical and psychological presence be detected; the true novelty consists in a fresh involvement of new fathers in education. These more involved fathers no longer are the authoritarian figures who, within traditional families, represented an institution rather than actual persons; neither are they the permissive fathers who had to adapt to their children’s sometimes bitter challenges, whilst actually leaving them to fend for themselves. They have chosen to leave their latency. When embodying a good life ideal, they have learnt they must entrust it to apparently insignificant actions and communicate it indirectly: this is the fathers’ humble truth. Perhaps the myth for adequately understanding the sense of this paternity and the features of the relationship with one’s children no longer is that of Oedipus or that of Narcissus; it is the myth of Telemachus, Odysseus’ son. In this sense, the father gives his child the right to desire its own fulfillment; and the child can become its father’s rightful heir when fulfilling the father’s desire to see the child being fulfilled.
|Numero di pagine||16|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2014|