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What’s Trending: Walkout

What’s Trending: Walkout

Sat, December 08, 2012 - 9:05 AM

The Nation’s Associate Editor, Sherie Holder-Olutayo takes a look at what’s trending today in Barbados.

Once again our online readers are engrossed in the actions of the teachers at the Alexandra School. This time the teachers involved in the dispute with principal Jeff Broomes walked out during this year’s speech day and returned 35 minutes later when the principal was finished giving his report. Our online readers were quick to comment on the latest developments at the St Peter institution.

Michelle Joseph:  One great example of a mature professional. These teachers need to show the students what proper behaviour is, not tantrum behaviour. Now when the students come back to class and do the same thing it will be a problem. Grow up for crying out loud and be a proper example!! Makes one wonder why there are problems there.

Brownsugagal Jozi: I am certain if their own students walk out of their class because they don't like what is going on and can’t get their own way they would be considered rude . But these idiots that calling themselves teachers who are setting the perfect example behave like a spoiled child when they can’t get their way. Why didn't they just stay at home...I smell Mary Redman behind this.

Conchita Moseley: This exposes real ignorance. Why attend in the first instance only to walk out. That’s so rude, presumptuous and unprofessional. These people are a disgrace!

Jozette Bibby: These spoiled "children" cannot behave themselves. When the children behave as how they are behaving when they cannot get their own way I am certain they will have issues with them and call them rude but example is the most powerful teacher.

Carl Harper: When is the BSTU going to direct its anger towards the prime minister for dithering on the final outcome of the Alexandra School saga, by protesting outside Government Headquarters or Parliament? I am beginning to consider the BSTU a spineless bunch who revels in preying on a seemingly defenseless and battered principal, ad infinitum. The Inquiry into the school has been conducted, and the report submitted and laid in the House. Now is time for some kind of decision by the prime minister. Instead all the people of Barbados get is inaction and empty promises. It is time the BSTU redirect its fight to the prime minister and Cabinet  where the decision on the costly and protracted Inquiry originated, even with the availability of a report in the Ministry of Education.

Tony Webster: Thank goodness that we shall soon have the first sitting of the new COI which will be charged with "studying and interpreting" the Waterman COI, as this urgently needed to structure a separate Committee which will in turn make recommendations for the phased implementation of all the recommendations, after Cabinet has had a chance to calalogue, analyse, prioritise, and prepare an implementation project-plan. If we can get the EU to dish-out a couple big ones (they are seemingly on a roll what with the resurrection of the Lions eye-wing)  there's a good chance that we can move on to structuring of a new, high-level COI to advise how we can (in the middle of an election campaign) urgently build the cupboards and shelves where all these reports will be safely stored and rest peacefully for ever and ever. Amen.

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Posted by Veronica Whitney 1 year, 10 months ago
Those preceding comments that seek to force a parallel in this matter between the conduct demanded of a CHILD and the legitimate protest action (disruptive as it was) of ADULTS betray a profound simplicity or ignorance that is very lamentable. Do they not fathom the great difference between a child and an adult? I sincerely hope that they are not parents. Children must be taught to accept that BECAUSE THEY ARE CHILDREN there exist great differences between what is acceptable behaviour in them and that which is acceptable in an adult. Surely this is so obvious that it should not even bear expressing. It is the blurring of these lines between childhood and adulthood as seen in some of the preceding comments that will spell disaster for our country.
Adults are to be examples, I agree. The example of the obligation to protest the fact that an identified manipulator of children is being allowed to continue as principal should be what parents direct their children to learn. The example of the duty of every one to protest against the wrongs of bullying and victimization, practices that the principal has been found to indulge is the lesson that parents should teach their children.

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Posted by c holder 1 year, 10 months ago
They should walk out of that school permanently and allow Alexandra to be re-staffed and restructured with teachers who are impartial and open to progression.
Those students have been compromised by the hostile, divisive, unruly behavior of adults who were being paid to teach and support an environment of learning and development. Too much damage was done with the aid of an incompetent and biased administrative body.
Taxpayers' money was squandered on a useless enquiry and we have the right to demand that this farce be ended for the sake of these students.
But where are their parents' voices?

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Posted by Frank Husbands 1 year, 10 months ago
Our school system is far from perfect and terribly flawed in many ways. Now Barbados with its standard of living is the envy of many countries in our Caricom community as Caribbean nationals seek to come here as economic refugees.People from all over the world have been attracted to settle here.
Something has to be working in our schools to produce a populace that have created and maintained such a wonderful country as Barbados.
let us find what it is in our schools that have made Barbados great and let us focus on that and try to minimize that which seems to be distracting us from continued greatness.

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Posted by Pan Wallie 1 year, 10 months ago
The Commission's report is in. The Governor-General, acting on the advise of the Prime Minister/Personnel Administration needs to dish out that important letter. Expect though that there will be round two (or is it now phase three or four) of the fireworks display. If we thought the whole fiascolooked bad.... that was only the starlights...... look out for the rockets!!!!!!!!!!

We talk about escalating crime, but that is not the only thing now devoid of control in this land. Leadership is also. Boy ah tell ya: Education really ain't common sense and when ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise.

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Posted by Tech King 1 year, 10 months ago
When the leader is indecisive this is the kind of confusion and embarrassment which results.A waste
of money which we can not afford, but our politicians
in this region are not held accountable.

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