Solving Problems

The problems in Barbados are well known, and so are the solutions. However, it is now common for Government departments that were established to address national problems, to follow proven failed policies, while criticizing initiatives that could actually solve these problems. It seems that our expectations are simply too high.

We expect the HIV/AIDS Commission’s goal of behavioural change to be achieved when they consistently encourage lower standards of behaviour.

We expect the Government’ goal of lower chronic diseases to be achieved when they allow the cost of foods that facilitate good health to far exceed the cost of ingested material that facilitate chronic diseases.

We expect the University of the West Indies’ goal of one university graduate per household to be achieved when the Ministry of Education forces boys and girls, going through the wonders of puberty, to sit next to each-other in the same class room.

We expect the Government’s goal of building projects to be completed within budget when they award building contracts to inexperienced contractors.

We expect the Barbados Civil Service, Employer’s Confederation, and Private Sector Agency’s goal of productive employees to be achieved when they subject their employees to toxic cleaning products in their work environments.

We expect the Ministry of Finance’s goal of well managed government departments to be achieved when have not implemented an adequate quality management system.

We expect the Ministry of Housing’s goal of sustainable housing to be achieved when they have not encouraged national building standards.

We expect the Police Force’s goal of citizen’s respect for life and property to be achieved when the Barbados Family Planning Association is allowed to destroy the lives of thousands of the most innocent Barbadians through abortion.

We expect the Child Care Board’s goal of strong families to be achieved when the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation is allowed to promote adultery, fornication and homosexuality as acceptable alternative lifestyles.

All but one of the above listed national problems can be solved within one year without spending any additional money whatsoever. All that is required is for policy decisions to be made, but we seem to be paralyzed by fear. We inexplicable prefer to follow policies that we know have been costly failures rather than make a decision to actually solve the problems. The will to solve national problem has now become Barbados’ principal problem.

7 responses to “Solving Problems

  1. The tough part is getting people to change themselves. Look at our officials, instead of straightening up, they rather make rules that aid their deviant behavior. As it goes for any other walk of life here. I don’t quite agree with the one about girls and boys being in the same classroom, if they don’t learn how to interact civil then what happens later?

  2. Hi Nickster:

    See the articles on Co-education in the Balance Part 1 and Part 2.

    Interaction between the sexes should be encouraged; however, interaction while attempting to concentrate on complex academic subjects has proven too challenging for approximately 70% of our secondary school students.


  3. I read the articles, but does this not imply mental restrictions. Why not help to overcome these “limitations” instead of segregating. Not all boys from wesley hall go to Harrison’s College neither are those boys at st. Leonard’s incapable of achieving academic excellence. It is our thinking that has to change, perhaps the system needs to be revamped, why not harness the the students them selves to learn positively from each other. As one girl from springer once told me, guys behave as if her school were some sort of isolated colony or female prison, they behave as if the girls there don’t have fathers or brothers, and that men are some sort of strange visitors. In school I heard all kinds of ridiculous stories of springer from my peers, but they were mainly out of ignorance, and it is that kind of thinking that we should strive to avoid.

  4. Hi Nickster:

    You suggested: “Why not help to overcome these “limitations” instead of segregating.”

    I agree with you. However, until such “help” has been verified, perhaps at a pilot school, the current failed experiment should be stopped with dispatch, and we should return to a system that we know worked.


  5. I may perhaps be biased, since all of my school experience was in a mixed environment (preschool right up to college), I found I learned to apply significance to gender only from the elders around me. Personally I’m not very impressed with the “system that worked” still too many underlying “holes” with the system that many still fall through, there are many brilliant individuals who are left by the “wayside” simply because they “got it” slower than the others. Changing the school system is one thing, but changing how a society thinks and causing it to overcome its own outdated views on gender and education, that I fear is the true monumental task.

  6. What’s up? I hope you are well. I keep checking to see if you have posted anything new but I keep coming up empty. I guess a blog is a tough thing to maintain huh?

  7. Guess who just brightened up my day? :) Thanks a lot!

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