THE EDITOR, Sir:
While wishing to congratulate LIME and The Gleaner for the recognition and support given to the five outstanding boys and girls from inner-city communities selected for their sponsorship as they begin
This suggests that they have achieved beyond what can be expected of them and implies that inner-city residents are not likely to attain such levels of performance.
I am sure I am but one among many who can attest to the incorrectness of such an assumption.
Fifty years ago when I had been working at Boys' Town in Trench Town for nearly six years and when the conditions under which schoolchildren in such communities lacked many of the facilities and advantages (including degree of access to high-school education) which are now available to residents of many current inner-city communities, there were a number of youngsters who achieved very commendable success, continuing even to the level of professional occupations. And instances of this will, of course, have increased over the years.
I do not for a moment suggest that there is not still great disparity in the opportunities available to our youth across the various social strata of our society and that it is not a very significant performance for those who live in inner-city areas to do really well.
Acknowledge them as HIGH ACHIEVERS, but OVERACHIEVERS is both patronising and, in the light of the record of the many who have already demonstrated success despite disadvantaged backgrounds, unwarranted.