AWRIGHT DEN: Loving the flow
Let me start today’s article by offering a sincere apology to my family, friends, mentors, teachers, readers of this column and current and past Dationist (students of Foundation School) for unintentionally misleading you and painting a negative picture of my alma mater.
Last week, my article was titled Leave Me Alone and in it I shared a story about a boy being bullied at school. I forgot to mention at the end of the article that the story wasn’t about me and as a result I received emails from many readers and friends expressing their sympathy for what I had endured. Although the boy in the story wasn’t me, the message was clear and made many aware of the many dangers and possible results that can occur once bullying is practised.
Please accept my apology.
This week I want to share a few suggestions with you.
On my way to work most mornings I have to traverse the area where the traffic lights are in Redman Village. Over the last two months or so, the lights there have been constantly flashing. What I find amazing is that the traffic flows beautifully when the lights are like this. Of course, you can occasionally find a few road hogs who could care less about the process, but, generally, most motorists seem to be patient and kind enough to accommodate other cars, allowing the traffic to flow smoothly.
I find at most junctions where the lights are just flashing the traffic flows nicely. You may laugh, but once I approach the Redman Village stoplights and I see a long line of unmoving traffic, I know that the lights are functioning normally. There are some junctions where continual flashing lights may be a bit tricky because of the amount of traffic that passes through them but I think that at other junctions the lights can remain flashing, as that seems to be working and I loving the flow.
There is a public service announcement that comes over the radio reminding the public that they are to dress in a modest way when conducting business at the National Insurance Building. I want to suggest that the Government outline a standard of dress or a dress code that should be followed once conducting business at all Government institutions, including schools.
If this is done, people would have a clear understanding of what is and isn’t allowed and would also show consistency in standards and procedures. This information can be posted on the Government Information Service website for easy access and reminders can also be published in the print media from time to time.
I have never been so satisfied with my Internet service as I am now. The fibre-optic facility I now have access to gives me smooth and lightning fast Internet and efficient telephone service. Unfortunately, I can’t afford to add the cable TV channels to my subscription, but if I could, I would gladly and swiftly do it. Nonetheless, my friends who have them told me the channels working well with minimal to no buffering or sticking.
I teach at a secondary school and the Internet service there sucks. It constantly drops out, and is very slow; so slow that it is easier for the Prime Minister to address the public on a national matter than it is to stream and play a 30-second YouTube video.
This is very frustrating since other teachers and I want to use technology in the classroom via the Internet but the current Internet set-up limits us tremendously.
I want to suggest that fibre-optic providers approach the Government of Barbados to provide their service to all schools, including Barbados Community College and Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic. Teachers and students, especially those doing CXC SBAs and CAPE, need access to fast and reliable Internet, especially when doing research.
There is a better way. Let’s go with it.
• Corey Worrell is a former Commonwealth Youth ambassador.