Patois is not the problem
THE EDITOR, Madam:
I really liked Dr Alfred Dawes’ tongue-in-cheek Sunday Gleaner column yesterday, ‘The Patois problem’, on the continued push for our Patois to be more formally recognised.
Forget the practicality of engaging with an English-speaking international market. Let us spend precious resources to read and write our ever-evolving heart language that we all already have mastered.
I grew up in the ’70s with poor, working-class parents. I attended government primary school, where I was taught in English and I mastered my studies.
So why formalise Patois? Something else is the problem and I think maybe it’s in the home.
Parents are needed to really and truly parent their children in conversations, manners, social responsibilities and interactions, and the basic reading, writing and arithmetic.