Self or country? A second look

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I read Derek Walcott’s “The Schooner Flight” the first time around with a mix of awe, admiration and amusement but also with a hint of resentment. Resentment – and disappointment too – because the departure depicted in this autobiographic poem was, of course, a real one. I translated it then, in my ignorance, not fully understanding the socio-economic and cultural background of the time-period to which the poem belongs as well as its true complexity, as a complete, real-life abandonment. Read More…

My school is better than yours

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A little friendly competition is always healthy they say… and they are right. For the most part. What happens when competition is no longer just friendly? What happens when competition turns into an ugly fight to determine who is superior and who is inferior? Is it still healthy then? Read More…

Diversity Over Uniformity For A Better Education System

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There are brilliant students, average students and then those who cannot be rescued and eventually fall through the cracks; or at least that’s what our education system and examination results frequently lead us to believe. This hierarchy in academia seems to have always been the norm Read More…

Ask First What You Can Do For Yourself

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In a previous article I spoke about the merits of a career-oriented education and it brought to mind a well-known quotation from the twentieth century: “ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country.” Upon careful consideration, I’ve decided that I hate this piece of wisdom. Read More…

A Career-Oriented Education For All

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Most, if not all of us, dream of having more than just a job. We dream of having a career. That’s where school and education come in. In fact, it is this very education that encourages – or conditions – us to dream beyond the mere cubicles of a traditional 9 to 5.  Does it therefore not seem rather paradoxical Read More…

What ‘English’ do you speak?

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The generation of young West Indians that Olive Senior describes in her poem, Colonial Girls School, had hammered into their minds the importance of Latin declensions. Needless to say, the teaching of the English language – “the language of Shakespeare” – was no different: a process of rote learning, by which foreign words were fed to reluctant tongues for automatic regurgitation and recital. Today however, there can be little doubt that we have made the language our own thereby establishing and defining our own identity as West Indians. Read More…