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Academics' heads in the clouds

Published:Saturday | October 24, 2015 | 10:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Why is it that so many Jamaican academics have such great difficulty in talking like ordinary people. Is it that they don't want ordinary people to understand them when they talk?

I am weary of going to public lectures and hearing academics (mostly from the University of the West Indies) using terms such as 'social construct', 'hegemonic', 'dialectical', 'myopic', 'multivalent', 'Anglophone'. Why won't they speak so that ordinary people can readily understand them? Who really understands them?

They might as well be speaking in tongues.

MORDECHAI BEN

SIMCHA

mordechaibensimcha@gmail.com