A school hosts a Bitcoin conference but not everyone is happy with it
Invited to a school to talk about Bitcoin, he found himself facing the hostility from the same organisers of the initiative. The protagonist of the story and conference speaker, is Simone Da Re, a Bitcoin developer.
The event consisted of a series of three meetings at the Liceo Flaminio in Vittorio Veneto, during the school assembly, in the presence of students aged between 14 and 18 years.
The purpose was to explain to the students what opportunities the decentralised cryptocurrency revolution can offer them, considering that they are people who will soon enter adulthood.
The event, entitled “From Anarcho-Capitalism to Bitcoin”, foresaw that during every single meeting Simone Da Re would illustrate in an interdisciplinary way, the political-economic movements underlying this revolution, such as the libertarian one, the Austrian school and anarcho-capitalism, the history of Bitcoin, the functioning of mining and the possible evolutions of Lightning Network.
In short, an approach that is both technical and economic/financial, as is suitable for a high school.
The first meetings, according to Simone Da Re, went very well, with an attentive audience and interesting questions from the students.
Whereas the latest one was disturbed by loud noises and complaints about the alleged “political propaganda” that Da Re would have engaged in during his speech.
After the event, Da Re complained about the removal of the poster from the Instagram profile of the school and revealed that someone inside the school would have painted him as an exponent of some hypothetical anarchist party who came to do propaganda, especially against the payment of taxes.
In addition, the same speaker revealed that he had been subjected to a kind of interrogation by representatives of the school.
It is not clear what happened that might have prompted some students to contest. As Da Re explained, the theme of the event was suggested directly by the school, perhaps unaware of Bitcoin’s economic/financial background, and that the poster, which contained the text “From Anarcho-Capitalism to Bitcoin. Money and Freedom”, had been approved by the school.
Moreover, during the organisational phase, no restrictions were placed on the contents of the meetings.
According to Simone Da Re’s commentary, his lessons were probably misunderstood and some people didn’t like them. Even though, as he explains:
“There is a very important faculty that every educational environment must cultivate: the ability to think critically and individually. And this, willingly or unwillingly, requires an environment that promotes and encourages the public expression of different opinions”.