Europe Edition

2022 Number 1



The initial network

In today’s world of education, there is an increasing relevance by being “online”. Being interwoven with others ensures connectivity, knowledge transfer, life experience and collegiate quick solutions…. Having more “where to take” is a new social paradigm.

Globalized, connected, and supported … accompanied.

But isn’t everything as old as man himself? Is it not the family, its ties and networks, the one that keeps us connected, the one that transfers knowledge, traditions, rites, stories and helps us, in moments of deep valleys of life, with its multitude of advice, which gives us the wisdom?

What happened that we stopped trusting that nucleus and now there are other connections and networks that took that space? What made us feel alone?

Connectivity gives people the feeling of stability; like a trapeze artist, if it falls, there is a network that contains it and raises it to the starting point, or at least absorbs the blow. This function is necessary in all stages of human life, but it is in the first years when, above all, the family fulfills that role. A child sees no other network than the one around him; he is not prepared to weave others and he does not conceive the need to look outside for what he would find inside.

It is in this initial network, with siblings, parents, close friends, where we learn to converse, listen, express opinions, disagree, play, share, discuss, fight without hating … to be people and take care of ourselves; then, later in life, we will form other more extensive networks that will be left from those that we already bring and that we will weave with the certainty that comes from knowing that we already know how to do it.


Source: Master class, University of Jyväskylä, Finland, May 2014.

Rebeca Aguilera / Basic General Professor, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. Psychopedagogue and Degree in Educational Sciences, Universidad Educares. Master in Quality School Management and Administration, Universidad del Desarrollo and Fundación Chile.

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