What these rough boys are made of

So a bad-behaved boy doesn’t become a bad-behaved boy because of the school

he is at and the teacher he has. It is because of the school environment that he is

functioning in; how he is being socialized out there in the wider community. And

when sometimes we as adults do not set good examples for the young people, how

dare we come in here and blame them like that?

–– Member of Parliament for St James South Donville Inniss.

We are not sure how or why the school “a bad-behaved boy is at” or

“the teacher he has” would be detached from “the school environment

that he is functioning in”. And if you are puzzled by the presentment of our

observation, we are even the more flummoxed by Mr Inniss’ reasoning.

The MP’s presentation in the House of Assembly yesterday was a feeble

attempt at concretizing a well touted myth that violence in schools today is

no more vicious and prevalent than it was 40 or more years ago. That would

be the answer to the exasperating problem of bullying in school these days by

a politician who is far more perspicacious and on the ball than that.

And, Mr Inniss might be pleasantly surprised to find that Barbados’ school

system could help in resolving –– not all –– but many of the problems that

exist in the wider society, if students graduating with wider knowledge, and a

greater sense of responsibility and civic duty, could influence their devil-maycare

parents and guardians and the other feckless senior adults around them.

We accept the MP’s observation that the school may be “a microcosm” of

the wider community, with its aberrant behaviours; but that is no excuse for

not bending the twig into proper shape early, instead of allowing it to grow

into a hardened and inflexible branch or well barked trunk.

Nor is it any excuse to offer the fanciful, faulty and unfounded notion that

“young people today are no worse than those of yesteryear”. Actually, there

is no credible evidence that the miscreants among our youth of today are any

fewer or any less barbarous.

Again, Mr Inniss and we are at one on the present shoddy and thoughtless

rearing of children by too many parents today.

Solomon, reputedly the wisest man ever on earth, admonishes us: “Train

up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart

from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)

Regrettably, many a parent in current times has had cause to depart from

the virtues of sober upbringing –– because they simply were inculcated with

none. There is no exemplary conduct or practice to pass on.

The state therefore has a remedial and preventative role to play in the

nurturing of our young in its schools. Its alleged role of preparing our children

for the world of work is secondary to sharpening our young’s minds for the

states of civility, comity, propriety, and a world of decorous advancement and

continuous civilization.

The proposal that “improvements in technology” –– via the cellphones,

smartphones and other devices –– now make the mischief among our young

instantly known is without challenge. But the non sequitur that technology

makes the intensity of the mischief appear to be greater than nearly halfcentury

ago does not wash.

And if our leaders, like Mr Inniss, continue to hold such implausible

premisses, burying their heads in the sand –– brains and all –– we are

going to be in for the long haul with this belligerence, contentiousness and

truculence among our schools’ children –– leading ultimately and lamentably

to bloodshed.

That bullying, hectoring and intimidation obtain in the workplace and “in

communities at large” –– and in our political parties –– cannot be bedding for

the acceptance of these crudities as natural in the classrooms and playgrounds

of our schools.

Finally, we are not clear where Mr Inniss was going with his concern that

society was not allowing boys to be boys. He thinks “our boys sometimes are

being a bit too soft”. Well, disorder and assault are not the answers to the

demonstration of manliness, any more than utterances in a deep, gruff voice.

It were better our goodly and lovable Member of Parliament Mr Inniss

took comfort in the “roughness” of the traditional likeness of boys who will

be boys.

What are little boys made of?

Slugs and snails

And puppy-dogs’ tails.

That’s what [rough] little boys are made of!

6 Responses to What these rough boys are made of

  1. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder January 29, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    No could never be violence is a learning behavior school is school u go there to learn different things an I don’t think that violence is a subject though in schools…..

  2. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder January 29, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    One need to understand what violence is?????……what is it??? What is violence??.?…

  3. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder January 29, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    One doesn’t have to be violent only if life is a danger……

  4. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder January 29, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    It all have to do with choice….

  5. Renny Johnson
    Renny Johnson January 30, 2014 at 7:20 am

    What a load of rubbish these people do come up with. Parents are responsible for their children, they the ones that bring them up so they should feel the full brunt of the law if their children do wrong, simple as that. Schools, introduce ZERO tolerance and see the difference within weeks


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