Don’t Your Teachers Teach You How To Behave? Good Ministerial Intentions and Educating for Legality in Secondary Schooling (by Maria Laura Tasso) - ABSTRACT: The recent wave of violence against people and property in Italian schools has triggered a broad debate about strategies for achieving social control of such forms of deviant behaviour and about educational objectives pursuable in the classroom, aimed at educating for peaceful cohabitation. There has also been a plethora of legal provisions, whose contents are not always clear and coherent, aimed at encouraging teachers to promote a culture of legality, in the broad sense of the term. This stimulates thinking about teachers’ professionalism and throws light on society’s expectations that schools act as socialising institutions, identifying topics that used to lie concealed in the standard references to conformity enshrined in the curricula of the past and giving them the new status of official subjects of teaching. It may to a certain extent be necessary to give the illusive impression that the education system which is increasingly in the centre of a struggle between different values can actually aspire to eradicate social exclusion, although its significant role in maintaining public order probably deserves acknowledgement. It could be argued as a provocation that, when dealing with the worst of youth alienation, classrooms constitute structures of containment alternative to prisons, to closed communities and to psychiatric hospitals.