Cut out the ‘namby-pamby’, says Farley

A veteran educator has warned that blame for the recent upsurge in deviant behaviour among the youth cannot be placed squarely at the feet of the education system.

Retired principal Matthew Farley is insisting that other factors, including delinquent parents, have contributed to the problem, even though he was quick to add that the blame game would serve no purpose at this stage.

His comments came in response to a recent suggestion by Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite that one of the reasons for deviant behaviour among young people was that they were being pushed through the school system and were not getting the help they needed to work out their issues.

“What we have before us is a societal problem where there is a fundamental level of dysfunction in the society. I think that all the institutions – the politicians, the school system, the church, the parents and civil society – must seek to find solutions to the dysfunction rather than look to apportion blame,” Farley told Barbados TODAY, adding that some measure of social re-engineering would be required to save many of Barbados’ young men.

“We have children who, even when they are in the school system, spend their waking hours outside of the school on the block involved in violence and drug abuse. When they leave school they graduate to the block. In every community, there is a satellite drug access point where anyone can get drugs every day of the week 24/7,” he added.

Arguing that parents have also contributed to the social problem, Farley noted that many of them have allowed children to raise themselves.

He further charged that there were parents who sacrificed the sanctity of their daughters to adult men in exchange for money.

Farley, who served as a principal for more than 18 years, said there must be both tough action and tough talk to address these issues.

“Sometimes you need tough talk. We need tough talk from the Attorney General instead of the namby-pamby we get from him. Brathwaite needs to get across to the society the minimum standards that the nation would accept. We need tough talk from the Minister of Education Ronald Jones, too. We need tough talk from our politicians. We have not had that kind of tough talk for about 15 to 20 years,” he said.

Farley also warned that there would be consequences to pay if Barbados were to mimic North America and Europe’s “liberal culture and liberal society” in decriminalizing prostitution, homosexuality, and marijuana. (NC)   

4 Responses to Cut out the ‘namby-pamby’, says Farley

  1. jrsmith September 17, 2016 at 6:11 am

    Politicians must accept the blame for a nothing non productive government, government’s is suppose to work in the interest of the people ,.. ( not for the interest of some people) they rich friends ..when something is seen to be done the politicians do what they can to make life easier for the people’s survival , the problem with our politicians they cannot raise themselves above the rum biscuits and corned beef mentality.

    Our politicians low mined behaviour is as like going out to buy rat poison because of an infestation of rodents , but then you find out the poison is made by the rats…I am going towards my 80ts, I have never seen such a destructive politically unhealthy government whether (B,s ) or (Ds) in the history of my adult life as like this present lot…there are there to physically and mentally destroy our (Barbados)..
    Along with certain other groups who stand up for them ,these bloody people have driven our island to be infested with criminals from top bottom. All in the name of faith….

  2. Loretta Griffith September 17, 2016 at 6:24 am

    I wholeheartedly agree with Mr Matthews.
    My limited intelligence tells me that our country is crying out for decisive leadership. We have got to stop being deceitful and call a spade a spade.
    Long time ago I said that I was seeing a rapid deterioration in this country which began over the past twenty one years and I blamed then the modern day politicians and unions for the rapid decline in standards. Instead of Nippon things in the bud we allowed things to get out of hand just for a vote and membership and we are now paying the price.
    If you love someone you tell them the truth, not what they want to hear and they will respect you for it even if they are offended at first.
    This country needs taking back. The sooner the better. This is not the country in which I grew up. I really cry for my country.
    I am hoping that someone will take the plunge and revolutionize this country like yesterday.
    For the sake of Country and not self will someone please do something.

  3. Olutoye Walrond September 17, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Why does de-criminailsing of marijuana, prostitution and homosexuality always have to be interpreted as our “copying” Europe and North America.

    Are we suggesting that our own people are so bereft of imagination and independent thought that everything we do has to be a mimicking of what white people in big countries do?

    I know that happens in many instances, but surely the issue mentioned are things that demand a review in and of themselves.

    Also I wonder what would be the consequences of de-criminalizing the things mentioned. They all continue to happen now that they are illegal. What would happen if we made them legal that is not happening now?

  4. seagul September 17, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    Your ambition in life is to try and get away from this country. And we call ourselves an independent nation? When all we want to do is go and scrub somebody’s floors and run somebody’s elevator or work in somebody’s store or drive somebody’s taxi in a country where you catching your royal when the winter sets in?

    What kind of mirror image do you have of yourself? Let me tell you what kind of mirror image I have of you….A revolution in livity…


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