On covering the cracks in the system

A blistering Minister of Education earlier this week gave the command –– ostensibly to the principal of the Samuel Jackson Prescod Polytechnic –– that the young males of this institution would henceforth pull up their pants once on its premises and in its classes. Understandably, Minister Ronald Jones has become weary of being confronted by the cracks of these students’ buttocks.

We would be inclined to believe principal Hector Belle would have been equally tired of the sight of the low-riding pants around these young waists, and even more frustrated that his obvious expressed disapproval of such would have gone unnoticed, unheeded, or ignored. Thus Mr Jones’ nigh vituperative speaking to the subject would almost certainly have caused
Mr Belle some discomfiture.

We empathize with Mr Belle; but we cannot help but acknowledge it was time someone in authority publicly spoke to this nakedly disrespectful and low manner of carrying one’s wear in an institution of learning in particular, and in open spaces in general.

We could not agree with Mr Jones more that no student in Barbados should have his pants revealing his crack. We draw the line somewhat, though, when the minister, unintentionally we would like to believe, gives the offenders an option.

Said Mr Jones: “Mr Belle, tell them wear their trousers up around their waist, or don’t come. Tell them so!”

The “disgusting half-baked fools” may take up the opportunity to stay
at home –– or on the block, which we would rather not have. No options, we say. You come to school with your pants up and your crack covered. Period! No alternatives!

It must be made clear to our youth repeatedly that they must aim for excellence –– a much discarded thing these days –– in their studies, attitude, conduct and as important their deportment.

It must be instilled in them that such best practices demonstrate their trustworthiness and their passion for not letting themselves and their school or other institution of learning down, and for setting a positive example for other students to proudly follow –– especially those children who lack parents of any deportmental class or sense themselves.

The modus operandi of exemplifying positive attitude, conduct and deportment will only be fervently encouraged by parents of any note or valuableness as by teachers, as this is surely one way of fathers and mothers and educators demonstrating how genuinely they value the children under their control, and how serious is their focus on their learning, progress, development and attainment of self-worth.

We insist that a home is good to the extent that its products –– youth –– value dreams of achievement and can celebrate their self-esteem with their peers, being committed and caring enough to encourage and inspire positive relationships amongst one another.

The lapse of too many parents in inculcating in their children and youth senses of moral turpitude, considerateness, respect, decency and self-worth –– because in many cases some of the said parents do not exhibit any of these qualities themselves –– is responsible for the misconduct we witness daily among our youth –– and the posterior cracks that so depress
our Minister of Education.

And let us not be unmindful of the fact that among our young who do articulate positive characteristics there will be some hard-pressed to continue, seeing how they too could be painted with the same brush that colours their indifferent peers.

Let us not make a foolery of God’s handiwork! All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderful, The Lord God made them all.

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