THE EDITOR, Sir:
The sad events of September 25 when, yet again, Holmwood students were the unfortunate victims of the rampant social disorder in our society and the ineffectiveness of our law enforcement, have been highlighted by strong statements and calls to action by the minister of education, the MP for North Western Manchester, and other prominent personalities.
The contribution by Dr Mark Nicely, president of the JTA, in your September 26 edition was of particular importance.
Dr Nicely then offered the perspective of a teacher, now a high-school principal, who has had to contend with students who, sent to school to be trained to become productive and socially-responsible citizens, are exposed to the powerfully presented counter-culture of much that happens on the daily minibus ride. He attests to the reality of teachers consciously having to calm down emotionally aroused youngsters before they can be effectively reoriented to focus on their classroom lessons.
What kind of a society have we become? For how long are we to allow the free rein of those who, in the name of entertainment and an all-too-loose interpretation of the right to freedom of expression, ignore the consequences of how their 'output' affects the most vulnerable youth who make up a large proportion of their audience?
It is not enough for a Broadcasting Commission to ensure that the electronic media are safeguarded against the most distasteful of the morally offensive
How can all the efforts of the schools, churches and other civic and community groups to promote positive values and attitudes ever prevail?
Yes, there are laws and regulations intended to address many of these abuses, but sadly, they have for far too long been more honoured in the breach than in
There is, however, need for our legislators
Unless we have radical transformation to complement the economic underpinnings of any programmes for advancement, it may be seriously questioned whether the much-acclaimed mission for Jamaica by 2030 will not become more a myth than a reality!