THE PREVENTIVE SYSTEM IN THE EDUCATION OF THE YOUNG
CRITICAL EDITION: P. BRAIDO - TRANSLATION & NOTES: P. LAWS
On March 12, 1877, there took place the solemn opening in new quarters of the Patronage de Saint
Pierre, St Peter's Youth Centre, at Nice. Don Bosco gave the occasional address. For many reasons it was important that the event should go well; for this reason, Don Bosco took as his subject-matter his system of education, to which he had begun to give the title "Preventive".
Upon Don Bosco's return to Turin, he had his address written up in more polished form, with also a French translation: he had spoken on the occasion itself in a mixture of Italian and French. It underwent various re-editings. Originally published together with the account of the solemn opening - it began life essentially as a propaganda document - it eventually acquired a life of its own, representing as it does Don Bosco's only attempt at setting out his educational principles in systematic form.
The translation is based on Braido's 'Document R', which contains later refinements to the text, and which was printed together with the Regulations For The Houses Of The Society Of St Francis Of Sales, in 1877.