Banishment to a childhood on the island is not such a bad thing after all

For Caribbean people there is a phenomenon that occurs from generation to generation of emigrants making immigrants out of their foreign born children and sending them back to the islands ( sometimes fresh out the womb) for various reasons. If you ask anyone of those poor immigrant children  why they were banished to an absolutely horrid childhood of tropical weather, white sand beaches, dounce, ackees and goosberry jam, they will undoubtedly reply with “the level of education” some where in their answer. Nothing new at all. In fact that is what is so amazing. The fact that Barbados and our Caribbean relatives have been able to maintain such a high standard of education for so many years.

Yesterday one of my very American colleagues provided evidence of why Bajans are stereotyped as being

  • stush
  • arrogant
  • cocky
  • snobby

… and why I believe Bajans should feel comfortable and proud in their snobby intelligent “skin”.

This may or may not appear on your next Standardized exam… But in any case it’s good to know:

 “If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.”  is to New York


“If you learn here, you can achieve greatness anywhere.” is to ___________


Don’t worry about the technicalities… just know the answer is Barbados.

In case you weren’t aware there are people out there referring to us as a third world country. Well… if the 2nd highest literacy rate in the world (as of 2004) and by extension the highest literacy rate for black people is what a third world country looks like, then they need to give us couple million per secondary school graduate since independence and see how we make out from there (though who spending the money will open a whole other can of worms). 

Literacy is a small indicator some would say… but in my opinion it is a big indicator of the wealth of Barbados resting in it’s human resource which, in a global society, is the next black gold (pun intended).

WHile this blog entry could go on a comparison tirade to sayyyy… America.  I won’t take it there. In hopes that some teenager at school in the C’bean is reading this, here is what I will say:

Regardless of your 11plus placement, as long as you work hard you will be prepared for working hard in the future. It’s not where you go in this case… it’s what you do when you get there.


2 responses to “Banishment to a childhood on the island is not such a bad thing after all

  • jdid

    I agree with you in terms of the bajan education system. at least as much as I can remember now but my question would be is this current generation making good use of the education that they can receive in Barbados?

  • bajeflava

    I would hope so! How does the saying go… that you don’t know what you have til it’s gone? I know I kept hearing people talk about bajan education but I didn’t know what they were talking about until I experienced it for myself.

    From what I can see there are still many younger ones taking advantage and creating and maintaing high aspirations for themselves (see the post: Lashley legend unfolds). From what my see of my peers’ younger siblings ( not just the lashleys…lol) and for others who have the means and others still who find the means, there are a good few taking advantage.

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