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Moving on

Time is surely passing by and I must say so too has the amount of time it has taken the Alexandra School enquiry which is hopefully drawing to an end. I really didn’t devote too much time to it but I must say I found it like the television programme Days of Our Lives, which has been running for so many years now.

And not just for the length of time, but the fact that if you miss any of it you can catch up by checking the next episode. Just my opinion on the saga as it is.

In the few times I read or listened to the news I was either shaking my head during certain testimony or catching a serious laughing fit at some of Jeff Broomes’ antics. I had my say during the Crop-Over season in more ways than one about it all.

At times I may have been doing what a calypsonian does as far as giving the public’s opinion and then there may have been my opinions too. In all I had a field day with Mrs. Redman and Mr. Broomes. I don’t find it a joke at all, but I may expose the funny side of certain things.

This has gone on too long and could and should have been dealt with long ago – and during the BLP Administration too. It is now mushroomed into the DLP’s lap and I am waiting to see what the outcome will be nearly $600,000 later.

I just cannot get over the amount of money governments love to spend on things that really don’t merit the cost. When it isn’t a tree or a toilet and bath costing taxpayers, it is a royal visit or a trip overseas, or like right now an enquiry in an ongoing school matter. Yet we hear our leaders talk about tightening our belts and readying for the tough times ahead but still they find time to shell out massive amounts of money.

That reminds me of a parent telling a child not to use “so and so” and “this and that” bad words, but they are guilty of using them in admonishing the same child.

Back to the Jeff Broomes Tru TV episode inquiry. I must say I am not in agreement with the reasoning given by Justice Waterman as to why Broomes shouldn’t pitch marbles with his students. What does he mean by Broomes being up there and the children being lower than him? I think that is a total joke now. How does that breed disrespect in any way as far as Broomes’ relation with his students go?

I believe the students will see him as a human being and even when he has to discipline them it won’t be taken with much hatred or anger since they may see that even though he is capable of punishing them he still loves them enough to share a game of marbles with them. I think it would be better for the student-teacher relationship if some teachers would lighten up and not act like the children or so beneath them.

I had teachers who ate lunch with us and played games with us as students. No disrespect was shown and I must say they had more respect from us than they may have had otherwise. I played many a draughts game with Samuel Rouse, who happened to be a family friend too, and Mr. Lorde who no one seemed to be able to beat and also as a junior there was Mr. Forde who played chess. I also saw cricket and football being played with some teachers and even netball.

Pitching marbles

What is the big deal Sir? I wish some of the young boys these days would pitch marbles instead of aspiring to pelt gun shots and other means of being violent. With a few minutes of pitching who knows what Broomes may have learned about a boy or two. He may find out that little Johnnie is having issues with certain matters or he may find out who isn’t coming to teach a class or who comes and teaches nothing.

Whatever happens with Broomes after the over half of a million dollars chit chat and airing of school linen, I do hope it is for the betterment of the school and the sanity of all sides. It had better be, after paying out so much money. If Broomes takes the Commissioner’s advice or not is a matter for him, but I hope I don’t hear mention of it when a finding is released to the public.

Don’t put him out to dry over a few games of marbles, let it be a fair finding if one is possible. Principals, senior teachers and junior teachers must be respected, so too the students, but they must not be made to feel or looked upon as though they [the students] are a lesser being.

I believe we need to word our sentences differently and also be aware of the changing times we are living in. Children of today are not alike children 40 or 50 years ago. Much more attention must be given and acts of trust towards them. They are smart, most of them, and they are viewing things in a different way to how we may have accepted being higher or lower.

I strongly believe respect is due to all in authority but not by showing I am above and you are below…

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