Despite recent events, I am going to start my first post of the new year on something that has made me truly happy.
I never supported the UBP Government’s decision to change the educational system, I thought it was a mistake from its very inception. I have always spoke in favor of returning the educational system to primary secondary, a position I have never wavered on. So I am delightened, in fact thrilled to read that the PLP Government are finally, seriously considering changing the system back to a primary/secondary system with the possibility of specialised schools. As my dear friend Jon would say: Sweet!
Yes, the plans are preliminary but if this is what the ministry has in mind then I’m all for it. And I also like that they are looking to make these changes as soon as possible. It is unfortunate that there will be possible job losses, especially in these hard economic times. At the same time with more students going into other schools, I suspect the student teacher ration will be affected. Maybe the Ministry can consider keeping some of these persons as teacher’s aids or assistants.
As a lover of the performing arts I am excited to hear about the possibility of an art’s focused senior school. Bermuda has such unbelievable talent that could be and should be developed. We could be producing more Twanee’s, Home Grown’s and Collibuds so fast! Maybe this is the reasoning behind the music studio in the Throne Speech? Before I let myself get carried away in the possibilities of a new and improved education system let me say this: If you think these proposed changes are a good idea then let the government know by any means available to you. Email, call, write a letter, stop them in the street if you have to. I have a whole theory on the change in the education system and our current social ills which explains my passion on this particular topic.
I never thought the issues within the previous school system were so problematic that they needed a complete revamp. It wasn’t that broke that it needed fixing. Improvements within the system we had was what was required at the time.
And I do believe the middle school system is a failure in many countries. That the Bermuda government is considering scrapping it for something better is ideal. I’m urging everyone and anyone who thinks that is the direction that the Ministry of Education should go to make their opinion known. If they are interested in listening give them something to hear. The positive affects for Bermuda are wide reaching.