Dear Parents of Our Most Precious Commodities,
Allow me to introduce myself: my name is Turpia Corrumpior, and I am here to be your friend and companion along the path to your children’s future. I want to be a light to lighten the darkness of this uncertain world, and to help you guide your children’s feet into the way of the most productive use of their mental gifts.
First, always keep in mind what you really want for your children. You want them to grow up to be successful and productive members of society. We live in a rapidly changing world, in which knowledge grows exponentially every year, in ways beyond the wildest imaginations of our ancestors. This means that you must ensure that your children acquire the most up-to-date skills, and are ready to embrace new technologies at the drop of a hat. Keep them constantly aware of what is new and upcoming, and help them to be sensitive to popular trends. They need to be ready at all times to move into the cutting edge of digital media technologies, and to be able to exploit them to their advantage.
There’s a quote from somewhere – I can’t think where right at this moment – about how we must be tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of teaching. You need to watch for those shifting waves and winds, dear Parents, so that you can be carried along by them. Otherwise you will miss out, and your children will suffer the consequences.
This means, of course, that you must not allow yourself or your children to be distracted by things of the past. If something does not serve the immediate end of getting ahead in a technologically-centered world, it is truly useless. Parents have an obligation to see that their children are not wasting time on pointless activities. One of my pet peeves is parents and schools who continue to cling to out-dated so-called “cultural” activities and studies. Poetry, music and the visual arts have a great deal of potential in our Brave New World, but they must be made to serve the new king: Technology. “Cast the past” is my slogan. You should make it your own if you value your children’s future.
PGDipEPP (Postgraduate diploma in Educational Psychological Practice)