Sherma Wilson, you don’t know me; we’ve never met. I think we traded messages briefly on Facebook a couple years ago, but I giving yuh wuk to do.
Most of your listeners are from the lower-income, depressed communities in the country; try and get some of them into Parliament nah—and other boards and State institutions. I know, plenty of them eh have no big setta education and degree and some probably cyar even form a proper sentence. But that might all be a good thing.
I serious eh, dead serious. Since I wrote about changing the political system in Parliament I serious.
Because this level of arseness getting out of hand now.
Sooo we have indiscipline in schools, fighting, delinquency, disregard for authority. The solution is to shorten recess and lunchtime?! Herd primary school students into already crowded, restrictive rooms? People went to university to come up with that bullshit reasoning? The song “Little Boxes” had to have been composed in Trinidad.
Hear nah, this eh no banana republic. I love bananas waaay too much. This is a Jurassic Park, filled with dinosaurs—apologies to the original dinosaurs.
Does the bloody clown who suggested that know any history? Does he know our schools have a colonial legacy of herding children into boxes so as to breed conformity? The same system that herded their parents into barrack yards and invisibilised rural communities, only useful for labour pools and vote banks every five years?
Is Jurassic Man aware that school violence suggests a troubled, violent domestic environment? Does he know that that stems from a home/community environment anchored in a wider society built around violent aggression and double-standards towards those in authority?
Does he understanding the importance of play in instilling bonding and learning? And sports for redirecting aggressive energies? Is he aware that the removing of privileges often increases resentment? He ever heard of a place called Finland?
Anyway who’s going to tell him, a boss who shuts down any discussion of sex education in schools claiming that that is for the parents? The same parents who themselves were not taught sex-ed when they were in school? The same parents, many of whom became parents because of that instilled ignorance?
The same parents who, because of the constant, unceasing, relentless demands for increased production from a capitalist ethic are hardly ever home in the first place?
Sherma, please, get them organised. Doh worry that they mightn’t own a suit; the mere fact that we have people still wearing that costume in this tropical climate is proof alone there won’t be much independent ideas coming from them anyway.
Listen to Chalkdust’s kaiso “We Kinda Leader.” Listen to every word about how the best people to lead this country have to come from lived experiences where they know the everyday problem because of incompetence, stupidity, mismanagement and old colonial systems of administration and dispensing of justice.
Then listen to Kurt Alleyne’s kaiso “Too Bright” and understand that the problem we have in this country that leads to crime is because we have too many people with irrelevant theories in high office.
Because nobody, nobody with common sense would go on national TV and call for a shortening of lunch and recess, penning in very active students inside classrooms. Only someone exceptionally brilliant could suggest that.
And to the Jurassics who think like this, do something for me; since you not going to change your views, at least haul back up the Union Jack.
If your answer to child/teenage delinquency is to pen them up even further, or the solution for “crime” is to put more police, more army, more patrol boats, more weapons, at least do it properly.