As a former teacher of the Charlestown Secondary School, I am very proud of the consistent quality of education that has been a part of that school and I am just as encouraged of the high standard maintained by the Gingerland High School. Technology has played a large part in the success of these students and I am sure that as technology increases, the education department of Nevis will be right there to meet the needs of the students so that they will be equipped with the tools for the emerging age.
However, I am very concerned about the social skills that our students may be leaving school with and because I have a stake in the sociological will being of my homeland, I hasten to make some observations and recommendations. Gone are the days when students settle differences with a healthy argument or a simple childish squabble, which never lingered. Nowadays, students not only do not have the communicative skills to deal with conflicts but violence is becoming more and more an acceptable way of handling problems. I am convinced that where there is a lack of inter-personal skills there will be a breeding ground for violence. We look at the trend in the world today and we realize that many individuals, and even some governments, have lost the art of diplomacy and psychology. Many would like to call it conflict resolution and many other fancy names; that is all will and good. But when you get down to basics the Book of Proverbs will call it wisdom. Many will not like to give credit to this most practical book, so they selfishly concoct all sorts of theories, which say things that Solomon expounded. Wisdom determines when one speaks or shuts up, when to walk away or when to fight. Our students must be taught, at an early age, how to save relationships and avoid confrontation be selecting the wisest path.
I am hereby recommending that my island’s education system begin to introduce interpersonal skills to its students at the tenderest age. Psychology should not be viewed as a subject for those ready to go to college. Every day we all are required to use psychology in our dealing with those with whom we come into contact. I strongly recommend that the education system of our sweet Oualie, make an addition to the system and introduce psychology in its simplest form at a very low grade level; as the students move up the education ladder, this subject can become more sophisticated just like mathematics. Psychology must not me seen as a subject for lawyers or social workers but for any one who realizes that to survive in today’s world, they must know the art of interacting with others. Let us not forget that Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived, so we must not regard wisdom as exclusive to an elite group of people but a necessary tool for every individual in our society. I am willing to contribute in any way I can, to the formulation of a curriculum, geared towards the implementation of such a program.
God Bless Nevis
A Concerned Citizen,