Duties of the Praeceptores Lategum

Overview

The Praeceptors Lategum shares the distinction of being the oldest branch of the Hospes Lategum with the Medici Lategum. It is the branch that studies, learns, records and shares knowledge with all members of the Hospes Lategum. Over the centuries, the Praeceptores Lategum have archived a great deal of scientific knowledge from sources all over the world, compiling what is arguably the single largest repository of knowledge anywhere on Earth, and like the Great Library of Alexandria, the knowledge held by the Praeceptores Lategum is free to all who seek it.

Duties

The role of a Praeceptor Lategis is two-fold. First of these duties is to learn, and record what is learned. Second of these duties is to teach and share the knowledge we have recorded.
Learning and recording are as simple as watching the evening news and making note of key world events and scientific or technological breakthroughs. Over the following days, a Praeceptor can research the news items and find more information, thus allowing the Praeceptor to present a complete picture of the world event or scientific or technological breakthrough. Also, when the opportunity presents itself, the Praeceptor may attempt to recreate scientific experiments in the fields of chemistry, physics and biology either independently or with the collaboration of an Artifex Lategis or Medicus Lategis as necessary.
Teaching and sharing are the acts of imparting knowledge to others. If a Praeceptor Lategis has prepared a report, it can be shared through our weekly newsletter. If the concept is sufficiently complex that simply sharing a document is insufficient, the Praeceptor may elect to offer lessons on the subject, so long as such lessons are under one hour in length. Finally, if the Praeceptor feels the item needs to be added to the Wiki for all future Hospes to find easily, it may be passed to the Praeceptor Magnus for approval and addition to the wiki.

Development

The Praeceptores Lategum arose from the need to educate the Hospes Lategum in cultural matters such as religion, art, philosophy and politics. Over the centuries since its inception, the mandate of the Pareceptores Lategum has evolved to encompass the pursuit of scientific knowledge and the recording of history.
The importance of understanding religion, art, philosophy and politics came down to survival. If we knew the environment we as a society were living in, we were better equipped to navigate its sociological dangers. This knowledge allowed us to avoid persecution by the unjoined in Pompeii and religious attacks from the Catholic Church as it rose to power starting in 380 AD. Our ability to blend into any culture despite our vastly different appearance was an important early defence that predated the existence of the Defensores Lategum by nearly 300 years.
With the rise of the Church as the greatest power in Europe, the Hospes Lategum observed a push against new ideas that challenged religious doctrine. As such, the Praeceptores Lategum were charged with preserving knowledge that would otherwise be suppressed. This responsibility has changed some with the secularisation of the world as a whole but still remains vital. Although the Church is no longer the one pushing to suppress information, some governments and corporate powers do still try to suppress information to maintain their political and economic viability.

Code of Ethics

Given the responsibility of the Praeceptores Lategum to ensure that the information they archive and share is factual and accurate, a strict code of conduct must be adhered to.

  1. To ensure that all information presented is factual, current and complete.
  2. To present a non-partisan view of all materials whenever possible to allow the recipient of the information to form their own opinion.
  3. To adhere to the scientific method in all things, never forcing the facts to fit the hypothesis, but instead reviewing and changing the hypothesis when the facts prove it inaccurate.
  4. To present issues simply and facts clearly, never using one to obscure the other.

“The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence.”
― Amos Bronson Alcott

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