Tamdiu discendum est, quamdiu vivas
If the Latin holds true, this quote from Seneca (an ancient Roman philosopher), would mean we should learn as long as we may live, or more concisely, we live and learn. It was with this in mind that I attended the WCCS Parent Power Workshops last week along with many Primary School parents. This parent seminar was focused on sharing strategies teachers use when teaching reading, mathematics and technology.
During the evening I shared that, as a parent, I felt that the ‘L plates’ never truly come off, that learning to parent, is a lifelong endeavour. When our children are school aged, being aware of how they learn and partnering with them and their teachers has profound and positive impacts. Thus evenings such as this, go a long way in helping our children progress in their learning.
The most popular electives at the Parent Power Workshops were focusing on technology. This is not surprising as it is the aspect of schooling and our lives that is undergoing change faster than any other. As we adopt technological tools to support learning for school, we need to consider more than just the logistics. We also must address the social and health issues that are attached to the use of technology and a wide range of media they support.
On Monday evening 6th March, the WCCS welfare team will be hosting a screening of Screenagers. This award-winning film ‘probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director’s own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists, solutions emerge on how we can empower our children to best navigate the digital world.’ I invite parents from both the Primary and High School to attend this valuable evening. I also extend this invitation to parents outside our immediate school community. So feel free to invite your friends to a highly informative evening.
I will finish with another quote attributed to Seneca and set you the task of working out what it means.
Non scholae sed vitae discimus
For you are great and do wondrous things;
you alone are God.
Teach me your way, O Lord,
that I may walk in your truth;
unite my heart to fear your name.
I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,
and I will glorify your name forever.
Psalm 86:10-12 (NIV)