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Vision 2030: halfway or half-blind?

Published:Saturday | January 31, 2015 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:
At the risk of jumping on the new year bandwagon a month too late, I invite my fellow Jamaicans to pause in this watershed year to consider the progress we have made in accomplishing Vision 2030, namely, making "Jamsaica the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business".

I commend Minister Ronald Thwaites and the National Parent-Teacher Association of Jamaica (NPTAJ) for holding unwaveringly to their stance on promoting Judaeo-Christian values in schools as a means of developing today's students and Jamaica's future leaders. This courage and wisdom must be applauded amid a prevalence of starkly contrasting views.

How is practising, endorsing and coaching adultery (like Iva Louise), or distributing condoms in schools, helping to make Jamaica "the place of choice to ... raise families"?

While the two seem unconnected, the logic behind them is the same: the activity is sexually immoral and emotionally destructive, but people are going to do it anyway, so it might as well be facilitated.

Husbands will cheat on their wives anyway, so you might as well learn how to be a discreet mistress. Children will have sex anyway, so you might as well give them condoms to minimise (note, not even eliminate) teenage pregnancy.

Iva Louise and supporters of condom distribution in schools are selling Jamaica's children short: they are explicitly stating their lack of faith in the ability of people - of our children - to mature and choose better lifestyles.

Furthermore, they are creating a morally base foundation for tomorrow's families, leaving today's children with little to hope for and build on.

Morality aside, this logic is the antithesis of vision. Vision is having an ideal and striving towards making the reality emulate or become that ideal. Both Iva Louise and those who support condom distribution in schools are guilty of doing the exact opposite: complacently accepting society's reality as being static and unchangeable, and lowering moral standards and social norms to complement the existing

reality, no matter how destructive and foul that reality is.

By defending the teaching of pro-family values embedded in Christianity, Minister Thwaites and the NPTAJ have more confidence and a better vision for Jamaica's students, and they are boldly recommending a logical and time-proven method for achieving it.

Kudos, Minister Thwaites! May God give us vision lest we perish!

ONYKA THOMPSON

The Love March Movement

onyka.thompson@gmail.com