The documentation of Professor Blanco Cabeza

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The Pedagogical Museum of Galicia (MUPEGA), located in Santiago, began its journey in 2004. It has a fundamental objective: “to recover, protect, display and disseminate the rich educational heritage of Galicia.” Ultimately, it is about safeguarding a legacy that time has given us, with a great variety of forms, as many as contents, methodologies and sources have been used at all times. And the journey has been dazzling, if we value, above all, what has happened in this regard in the last hundred years, in which everything has changed rapidly until we find ourselves in a drastically different world.

It is necessary, therefore, to continually nourish an entity like this with content, so that there is evidence of where we come from and, also, how we are, in pedagogical matters, today. In this order of things, it is worth mentioning the delivery of new materials, which tell us about yesterday, in the person of Professor Casto Blanco Cabeza, a true reference in this order of things, given that it was he who, in 1903, launched the creation of the Pedagogical Museum of the Santiago School of Teaching, a pioneering initiative, without a long journey in time but, in any case, exemplary.

What has now been delivered are five folders with more than one hundred and fifty topics, mainly on Mathematics, and also several on , which were written for the preparation of his classes at the Normal School in Santiago and, later, in Madrid. After his retirement she continued writing his texts. It is striking, in this sense, how, in the last folder, the year 1947 appears; He then he was 79 years old.

It is not a minor issue, quite the opposite, a donation of these characteristics, deposited, in the name of his family, by one of his grandchildren, Mr. Rafael Bermejo Blanco. The contents of these folders show the type of training that the Normal’s teaching students received from someone who was a teacher dedicated to his job, who carefully prepared his classes, methodical in his work, in love with the subjects he taught.

Now there are two presences of this professor from yesterday in Compostela. His portrait, also donated by his family, is in the Faculty of Educational Sciences. And now what was his way of teaching is part of the collections of this exemplary Pedagogical Museum of Galicia, sensitive to the reception of materials of this nature, so many times lost for not having been properly valued. And the fact is that there is a lot of documentation that should end up housed in an archive, or a similar entity, and that, for very different reasons, does not happen that way. Hence, we must value, and applaud, both parties: those who donate and, also, those who receive a legacy of these characteristics.

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