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TAJ News Talk: March 29th, 2017. Home Grown Talent

Congrats, everyone, on making it through to midweek!

Don’t you just LOVE how Wednesdays go a little bit faster?

ESPECIALLY when you have a public holiday the next day to look forward to!

In this little paradise on earth, we are capable of greatness.

Brian Lara, Keshorn Walcott, Dr. Rudrinath Capildeo, the late ANR Robinson. Wendy Fitzwilliam: she of everlasting grace and beauty.

Among many others.

The violence that has erupted in the nation’s schools must be a concern to all of  us.

Education Minister Anthony Garcia has played down the threat, saying it’s the media blowing things out of proportion.

He may be right to an extent. But one does not speak ill of colleagues in the same fraternity.

On the flipside, however, when one reports what is actually happening, how can it be sensationalisation?

As always, there is a common ground in between.

The Minister is correct in the sense that the incidents are few, even if not far between.

But the problem is it seems to lead to a deeper seeded issue, that as we always do, we brush it under the carpet.

We are now starting to see signs of the lawlessness, the ignorance, the “badjohn” behaviour seeping into our nation’s educational system.

An 11 year old bullying an entire school.

Children 14 and 15 years old, absconding to smoke cigarettes and marijuana.

Where are the role models?

Even more importantly, where are parents or what are they doing?

The mannerisms and ideologies learned at home are translated into the classroom and the playground.

Unfortunately, children are subject to the environment they have no choice but to be in.

But we can help them.

It is hard to reason with, change, or even suggest change to an adult.

But a child can be nurtured and repaired.

And we need to do it fast.

Or else we will not have a future.

A.C. Chan
A.C. Chan

Andrew is first and foremost a writer. Since he was seven and realized this, his life’s pursuit has been researching and understanding all the specific elements and genres of his craft. These genres include creative prose and poetry, to journalistic, copywriting, blogging and academic writing. As the News Editor and Presenter for TAJ 92.3FM, Andrew gets to pursue a number of passions: reading, writing and talking to people! He is currently pursuing his BA in Communications with a Minor in Literature at the University of the West Indies. Andrew is an avid West Indies and Liverpool FC fan. In his spare time, he enjoys playing cricket, swimming, reading and of course, writing!

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