Call to instil positive values at Rusea's Jamaica Day
The Ministry of Education's regional Jamaica Day Celebrations at the 238-year-old Rusea's High School in Lucea, Hanover, last week Friday, as expected, was an entertaining and informative affair.
The school was selected by the Ministry of Education as the institution for regional focus due to it history with French refugee Martin Rusea, who gave the funds to establish the school in his will back in 1777. It was also in keeping with the national Jamaica Day theme for this year's event 'Celebrating Jamaica: Celebrating Regional Friendships from Boukman to Bolivar'.
Chairman of the National Council on Education Dr. Simon Clarke was the keynote speaker at the event. In what was a cross between history lecture and a speech interspersed with jokes, which had the adults laughing throughout, he called on Jamaicans to turn their innate aggression into something positive.
"It (aggression) springs from a sensitivity to a need for inner justice. When a man or a woman behaves a certain way, when you examine it, something is wrong that needs to be fixed. There is a desire for full freedom, independent thoughts and independent action ... Some say this aggressiveness is in our DNA - and you must decide whether it is so or not," Dr. Clarke said.
"There is an aggressiveness among the average Jamaican. I was driving to get here through Montego Bay today, and I saw it... I even noticed it in the motorcyclists tearing down the roadway, not one wearing helmet or wearing the kind of leather jacket to protect them in case they fall on the road," he said.
The former Green Island High School and Sam Sharpe Teachers' College headmaster also had words for young men who were dressing with their pants hanging below their buttocks.
"Those young men - and I hope I am not seeing any here this morning - who walk on the streets with their trousers below their bottoms, come on now guys. I have never heard of one of the young men who walks with their trousers below their bottoms come out to be anything worthwhile," he said, evoking cheers from the teachers in attendance.
PULL UP YOUR PANTS
"And the young ladies don't want to go out with them either. The only way a young lady is going out with a chap like that is if she, too, is of the same calibre. And I am saying to the young men, for God's sake, pull up yo pants! And the moment a young man changes and begins to work, the first thing he does is pull up his pants," he said, while pulling up his own pants to illustrate.
Three past principals of the school, Donaldson Bernard, Pernell Crossman and June Thompson, were also presented with awards of appreciation at the event.