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…

Petty Party Politics

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A few days ago, I found myself reading a newspaper article on a recent political controversy on my island, Saint Lucia. In order to get my own perspective on the matter, I decided to venture in a domain that I had long since considered forbidden territory. Whilst I have seen many tagging, commenting and sharing the content of these pages, I have chosen to stay far away. My decision to stay away from these false prophets of political ‘truths’ was based on the fact 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…

Are We Really Equal?

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Equality is such a popular word these days. Everyone would like to be treated equally. An expression that I assume means, that every single person in a society should share the same legal entitlements or ‘rights’ as we call them. Yet, somewhere between our boisterous rallies and revolutions, I think we became so entangled in this fantasy of pure ‘equality’, that we did not realize just exactly what we were saying or doing. Read More…

In Defence of Our Country, Region and People

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The Caribbean did not kill Brian Mulligan. Our deepest sympathy is with his family for we understand the value of life and we hold it dare. May Brian Mulligan rest in peace. The Caribbean, like any other place on this earth is a place of Read More…

The Folly of Intelligence

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One very annoying trait of humans is our ability to believe in ourselves so highly that we become delusional and high from our own sense of self-importance. Why is it that people, especially the youth, believe that they are deities lording over all others as a supreme being? Your intellect, however you measure and describe it, does not make you more important than any other person. Read More…

Tipping Must Be Suppressed

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Tipping is a social pressure masquerading as a voluntary contribution. The services industry has a bizarre model of operation compared to any other industry. It has become a custom for customers to tip their servers (waiters, bartenders…) for the service they have provided. However, this custom must be examined closer.

Most of us have an innate feeling that tipping is alien to our way of consuming goods. Read More…

Rise Up or Shut UP !

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At this point in time, Barbados is a failing society and the Caribbean, for the most part, is in the same sling.

Long before the 2008 economic recession we were failing. The failure about which I speak is not economic but philosophical. The poverty, ignorance, xenophobia, schizophrenia and unwillingness to change that we experience today are products of a cataclysm of thought. Long before we can earnestly discuss building cultural industries, talent based markets or rebuilding the education system, we must establish Read More…