It’s uncouth, says Jones

There is an uncouthness in the way some professionals in educational institutions across Barbados are treating students, Minister of Education Ronald Jones has said.

“How you treat them in your verbal communication, how you talk to them, determines how they feel too. I have been coming across a little too much of piggery behaviour from some of our learning institutions and it is doing significant harm,” Jones said.

He added: “Somebody will write in some paper how I am disrespecting somebody.
I speaking the truth. I am positioned where I would know. They don’t, so accept my word and shut your foolish mouth. There is a bit too much of uncouth behaviour to our clients.”

Jones spoke briefly on the issue as he delivered remarks earlier this week during a presentation of library equipment at the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic.

The outspoken minister noted that such behaviour would have an adverse effect on the young people the professionals deal with because the youth “are susceptible to what we say, how we say it, what we do and how we do it”.

The educator said while there was no excuse for the uncouth behaviour being displayed by some professionals, educators many years ago also had to deal with students who were damaged as a result of various traumatic experiences.

He said students with such challenges today should not be treated badly by teachers because psychology in this modern era should be used for emotional learning.

“I am saying as human beings evolving, let us evolve with compassion. Let us evolve with understanding. Let us evolve with love. Let us evolve with care,” Jones said. “Let us reach out to the poor, the vulnerable, the deprived, the underachieving, those who have certain challenges in life. Our humanity is best reflected when we do those things that I have mentioned.”

9 Responses to It’s uncouth, says Jones

  1. Realist February 4, 2016 at 5:39 am

    Jones, shut your foolish mouth.

  2. Peachesnaddy Brown
    Peachesnaddy Brown February 4, 2016 at 7:27 am

    Not only in the education institution all over

  3. Nathaniel Anderson February 4, 2016 at 7:46 am

    There he goes jonesing once more. It all starts at the top with the administration he is a part of. Surely before he spoke he would have known that the way our government treats its citizens is tantamount to disrespect. Also when he speaks, he is so loud and angry. From what he says he is a Biblical scholar and should also know that
    ‘A soft answer turns away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger’ (Proverbs 15:1).
    ‘The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright; but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness’ (Proverbs 15:2).

  4. Bobo February 4, 2016 at 7:59 am

    Folks of Barbados, how on this blessed earth this man R Jones a meglomatic pervert can hold such a position. R Jones, he as a leader of this valuable department, to be the best in his endower, Pedagogy–to set the standards, making sure each teacher have a psychological test before employed, updating the curriculum to move forward our children to be the best in their focus. Instead of being infected with the virus ”craving for power”-

    -Folks of Barbados time for a change — R Jones has to go—- if you want your children to built a positive future, because without a proper education how far can the children travel.

  5. david February 4, 2016 at 8:35 am

    Minister Jones is on the ball. Some teachers (not all or most) and other adults have a particular aggressive and intimidating manner of communicating with their underlings. I love the phrase too “Piggery behavior.”

  6. Nathaniel Anderson February 4, 2016 at 8:43 am

    David, some teachers and other adults, you say, but the main culprit is the person who is making the comments in the first place. His is particularly aggressive and intimidating, always shouting to make a point. Read my previous comment.

  7. andy February 4, 2016 at 9:54 am

    that’s the truth MR.Jones. I guest MR.Rearlist never had children going to school

  8. Sue Donym February 4, 2016 at 10:22 am

    Who? Said whaaaat?
    Thanks for the reminder that Mr Jones is himself a teacher by profession. He has also managed to fit in seamlessly with the delivery ‘style’ of our parliamentarians, in the House and on the campaign platforms.

    I dare say Mr Jones can’t fault his ‘professionals’ if they feel that their behaviour has been endorsed all the way up the chain.

  9. Ormond Mayers February 4, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    Mr. . Jones is correct. They are lots of teachers that should be operating in a night club on Nelson Street, than in a class room. Some come from poor home environments and living dirty un clean lives.


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