Associated to other social, political and cultural circumstances, school was institutionally created in a different historical moment. This paper presents and analyzes items that allow us to measure the existing asymmetry between school as an institution and the historical and cultural time in which it is nowadays inserted. The changes in the institutional network brought by the industrial society are thus analyzed, especially those related to the family, the state and school itself. The contemporaneous cultural context and the gaps between it and the literate culture that shaped modern school are discussed. Our argument is that although school as an institution was thought on the basis of a temporal sequence linked to the idea of individual and social progress, which privileges a construction for the future, it is currently required to generate a gratifying present to young students.
Young people; Education; Cultural change; Institutional changes; High school