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Know our history lest we perish

Published:Thursday | June 21, 2012 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

No country can fully progress when its inhabitants forget their history. Although it is often stated that Jamaica has a rich history which has influenced our present culture, it is quite sad that this statement is only rhetoric.

Furthermore, the present history syllabus which is being used in our secondary schools is quite insufficient. Many students graduate from secondary institutions without even knowing the names of public officials who crafted the Jamaican Constitution. This is most disgraceful. Conversely, the current history syllabus does not place emphasis on Jamaica's political or economic history.

Repeat mistakes

There is no way we can progress as a nation if so many persons are unaware of past mistakes. It is also likely that some of these mistakes will be made again. Most Jamaicans have forgot leaders like Beth Jacobs and Iris Collins.

Jamaicans should be proud of their history. We cannot expect to mature politically as a nation if we forget the past. History informs the present and the future, so we cannot escape it. Further to this, public education in this country over the years has declined and it was made worse with the recent passing of Wilmot 'Motty' Perkins.

Therefore, I beseech the media and members of civil society to play a more active role in the dissemination of historical information to the wider public.

LIPTON MATTHEWS