We are supposedly living in a just and democratic society but why is it often difficult to believe what we read or hear in the news? The mass media has exploded and we are witness to degrees of conflicting information on a daily basis - if this is what we experience as adults, what hope is there for our children?
This comes at a time when children are saturated by social media and are beginning to suffer due to the negative effects of our digital society. Further research has unveiled that pupils are becoming lonely and isolated due to the digital age and the number of hours that some children are spending alone, often in their bedrooms, online and not playing with other children of their own age.
It is my opinion that digital media should enhance intellectual curiosity and as educators it is up to schools to nurture and develop pupils' digital intelligence. Pupils need to be taught to be critical thinkers, to challenge and debate opinions, and not to take everything that they read as fact.
We want to seek the truth, be inquisitive, be resourceful, be tolerant of others' opinions and be gracious when we realise that perhaps what we thought was the truth turns out to be fake! Thankfully at St. Helen’s College the values which we support and the intellectual curiosity underpinned by our curriculum (including Philosophy for Children, Positive Psychology and Mindfulness) all assist in developing resilient learners who listen to each other, can have rational and healthy debate and who all aspire to be the best they can.
Our digital technological society is exciting; indeed, it is the future for our children and should be embraced, but we must not lose sight of personal relationships, communication, and good old traditional teaching methods! Traditional teaching methods worked for us as children so let’s keep it all in balance.