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Jobs Available Here: Problem Solvers ONLY

Submitted by William Skinner

problem solvingFormer parliamentarian and minister, Dr. Don Blackman, had promised to demystify economics and demonstrate that we as a society, was holding some rather obscure academics , in very high and essentially unearned esteem.

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Our current economic crisis occasioned by external forces and exacerbated by poor internal response, bears out Dr. Blackman’s contention.

Who are we really looking to as saviours of our economy? It certainly cannot be economists who are simply positioning themselves to be the chief beneficiaries, of the current administration or the ones waiting in the wings when there is a change. From the beginning of this crisis, they have putting forward the same ideas and suggestions: more productivity, more innovation, the need to attract more foreign exchange and investment. They bombard us about the importance of speeding up how we do business if we want Barbados to be the “entrepreneurial capital of the Caribbean.”

They never seem to have one creative idea – just spouting the same monotonous rhetoric. They get away with it because, as Dr. Blackman suggested, we have placed them on some mystical mountain. However we should note that at the end of their presentations, they advise that we go back to the IMF. That’s their solution because they simply cannot offer anything else.

However, the economists are not alone. We have educated people in various skills, who have been unable to engineer any creative and social change because at the end of the day, they are still waiting to analyze what the IMF, the World Bank and world health organization decree. The most comedic zenith was reached recently, when a caller, to a popular call in program, suggested that we alert the world health organization to deal with our garbage disposal challenges.

After the Second World War Japan, in order to catch up with the world, placed its emphasis on educating its citizens for what was then the new emerging world economy. They did not seek to produce more economists, they looked for engineers. As was said: “It was better to have a surplus of engineering students than a surplus in law graduates”. The nation’s educational system, said the historian Frank Gibney, describing the rise of industrial Japan, was “the key that winds the watch.” Japan eventually became an economic power house, through education that was relevant, not by parading academics, who are trying to daily upstage each other.

We often argue that the current education system brought us this far. We now realize we need to reform the system so that the next group of economists, engineers and social scientists will be problem solvers. By doing so, we would have “educated’ citizens who can solve problems that exist in such areas as: the economy, garbage disposal, flooding, public health, proper governance, agriculture and the myriad problems that now engulf us. Finally we need to stop believing that we are all going to wake up one day and find ourselves living in a world that must accommodate our refusal to move with the times. Let the demystification begin in the classrooms.

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57 Comments on “Jobs Available Here: Problem Solvers ONLY”

  1. lawson August 13, 2015 at 6:58 AM #

    this is why trump and sanders are gaining traction in the US too many politicians and lawyers nothing gets done

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  2. Bush Tea August 13, 2015 at 7:56 AM #

    Well said William….
    ..but a bit late for that ‘solution’ of starting in the classroom.
    For YEARS now Bushie was cursing everyone associated with our so called ‘education system’ and calling for changes – including – but not limited to – that outlined above.

    IT IS NOW TO LATE….
    No point in calling for your ‘brakes to be serviced’ when you are careening out of control down horse hill on a slippery road… especially with an idiot driving…
    Time to fasten seat belts, alert the emergency services, and see how casualties could be minimised….

    In short … prepare our asses for the grasses…

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  3. William Skinner August 13, 2015 at 9:59 AM #

    @ Since the 70’s progressive citizens have been asking that the educational system be reformed but it fell on very deaf ears. Both major political parties bluntly refused to face the challenges of not only a changing world but a changing Barbados.

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  4. SuckaBubby August 13, 2015 at 11:16 AM #

    I think the problem solvers are already here but prioritize their interests elsewhere.Party politics is the nasty looming spectre with its tentacles in every facet of working life which have us where we are.We retrain the workforce, same politics, same result.Lets get the cart where it belongs , behind the horse where it should be.

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  5. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right August 13, 2015 at 11:23 AM #

    Well said Mr. Skinner.

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  6. MR.C August 13, 2015 at 3:03 PM #

    Mr.Skinner, I do wholeheartedly agree with you. I also feel that it’s NOT too late to change the system. I think that Barbados has MORE LAWYERS than needed, and still yet they aren’t helpful in dealing with simple situations. Most people want nothing to do with jobs that you have to do too much manual labor. As a young boy it was always your parents wishes that you become a doctor, or lawyer. But many has no idea what skill that they do has. I think it’s a waste of time and money for anyone to go to any place of higher education and gain degrees, but does NOTHING with what they have acquired. But just get any job that comes along. Right here in the USA the same things are happening with the education process. Barbadians are Blessed with many skills and talents. But what some calls PRIDE and STATUS, NEVER use the skills or talents to the fullest.

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  7. William Skinner August 13, 2015 at 3:14 PM #

    @ Mr C August,
    Thanks. I understand that in the USA they are now advising on community college courses that actually prepare for employment opportunities. Some primary schools in the USA are also engaging in programs that prepare young students for the work environment. We have spent millions on “education” and are now discovering that it was not properly envisaged to produce productive citizens for the new economic order.

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  8. Colonel Buggy August 13, 2015 at 3:38 PM #

    Our leaders back in the 1950’s had a vision of industrialisation and problem solving when they established the Barbados Technical Institute. Entry was via an Aptitude Test. They took in a relatively small number of young men, and trained them to the max, while at the same time exposing them to industry in the form of a Day Release Apprenticeship. Those young men, regretfully, after completing their respective comprehensive courses were readily snapped up and courted away by the Canadians and the British Army. Those who stayed, rose to the top of their disciple. The BTI was closed in preference for a bigger institution,capable of turning out a much greater output, like a car assembly line, at the expense of quality.

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  9. David August 13, 2015 at 3:58 PM #

    A big part of the problem in Barbados is growing classism and the weight placed on working for organizations compared to being an entrepreneur (excludes traditional professionals). There are the structures in the country that support it as well.

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  10. Peter Lawrence Thompson August 13, 2015 at 4:37 PM #

    The problems facing the Bajan educational infrastructure are many and varied, but the strategy of focus on “community college courses that actually prepare for employment opportunities” is woefully inadequate. The curriculum will never evolve fast enough to keep up with marketplace demands and the colleges will be perpetually stuck training people for yesterday’s jobs instead of tomorrow’s. We need to start in kindergarten by building the cognitive skills which will enable Bajans to prosper in whatever the global economy throws at them. The first step is to de-emphazise religion and the attitude of “God will provide” that it inculcates; after that communication skills are paramount; them we should focus on the analytical abilities that are afforded by mathematics and the sciences; then the creative thinking skills which have become a significant factor in determining the competitiveness of individual enterprises as well as broad geographic regions. Richard Florida at U of T’s Rotman School of Management asserts that “Powering the great ongoing changes of our time is the rise of human creativity as the defining feature of economic life.”

    It is creativity which is probably the most glaring omission of our current educational system, but it is the factor which is most critical to individual and community adaptability. Think about it: a child starting school this September will not be retiring until 2075, if then. We haven’t the first f***ing idea what challenges they will face over their working life; all we can equip them with is the cognitive skills to be able to adapt to whatever life throws at them.

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  11. Dompey August 13, 2015 at 7:38 PM #

    Peter Lawrence

    I hope you’re not expecting others to accept your hypothesis regarding the inadequacy of community college courses; designed for employment at face-value? I reference your position above as a hypothesis because you haven’t provided us any evidence based on statistics to support as well as to sustain your position as of yet.

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  12. Well Well & Consequences August 14, 2015 at 11:12 AM #

    All of this makes one wonder what is actually being taught in the schools, no progress can be had if the leaders are not showing critical thinking skills to benefit the people. They show critical thinking skills to benefit themselves well enough.

    On another note, but one which is just as transparent as the other ills that can be seen in the society.

    This indian dude ran away from his car when he saw the police on August 8, 2015 in Belleville; apparently guns, ammo and drugs were found in the vehicle, why did the police not put out bulletins for this dude as they do to every other person in Barbados except the minority indians and whites.

    The cops waited until the dude surrendered himself to the police nearly a week later, why not investigate where the dude lived that same very day and get a warrant to search his dwelling, dude could have imported containers of drugs, guns and ammo and had nearly a week to get rid of the evidence; while everyone else has their full description and all their personal business in a bulletin on the radio and on television and the public is asked to be on the look out. That is a rotten disparity in the way the police force treat their own people as opposed to how they treat the criminals in the minority population.

    The hierarchy in the police force can do a whole lot better than that, stop the preferential treatment, then they would not have to wonder why the young men in Barbados don’t want any part of the police force. They continue to demoralize the young people, politicians interfere with police investigations to help out their family, friends and the minorities who bribe them, apparently they don’t think anyone is watching or is able to stop the ignorance and stupidity.

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  13. MR.C August 14, 2015 at 11:25 AM #

    @ Mr.William Skinner:
    Good morning Sir, I hope that others pay attention to what you’re saying regarding this situation. Question, does the Government has any incentives that encourages Bajans to become business owners? I think that the same way they can give others that comes into Barbados the big tax breaks, they can also at least allow for at-least five years before expecting taxes from the small start up business. I think this will encourage some to start doing something for themselves. Even allow them some level of leeway if they are able to employ more than 2 people into the business. I feel these things can create ENCOURAGEMENT TO BECOME BUSINESS OWNERS. I have no idea what the Government presently has in place as far as encouragement for small businesses. But I honestly think it’s a waste of money and time going to any place of higher education and only walking,or sitting around with the pieces of paper to show, and unable to work at what you’ve acquired the piece of paper for. Those pieces of paper on your walls will never place food on your tables. So use your time and choices wisely to provide for your families, and be INDEPENDENT. Having your OWN IS ALWAYS BETTER.

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  14. William Skinner August 14, 2015 at 2:36 PM #

    @ Mr C
    Successive governments try to implement programs but the funding is usually inadequate and the process too cumbersome. When we add political/party favoritism the whole thing gets muddled. We must bear in mind that most small black entrepreneurs have no real source of funding within their families or social groups, so they are always at a disadvantage. When they start businesses they cannot hold strain for two or three years when businesses start to make profit. They find themselves “living off” the business to meet their daily living expenses and eventually the business goes belly up ! Now, I am not saying that some do not succeed but the majority fall by the wayside.

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  15. Due Diligence August 14, 2015 at 5:41 PM #

    A bit off topic, BUT

    The following is from GIS Barbados

    http://gisbarbados.gov.bb/index.php?categoryid=9&p2_articleid=14559

    “Scholarship and Exhibition Winners Announced
    Published on August 13, 2015 by Jamal Weekes

    The Government of Barbados has awarded 27 Scholarships and 25 Exhibitions to students who excelled in the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations and the Associate Degree programme of the Barbados Community College (BCC).

    This was revealed this evening in a statement released by the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation.

    Queen’s College received the majority of scholarships, with 15 students being awarded. They are: Zaria Blackett, Saedeo Yard, Celina Burke, Ryan Thomas, Danielle Herbert, Erica Jordan, Aren Small, Aleish Anderson, Leisl Brewster, Bianca Boyce, Dherisha Lashley, Sasha McDowell, Chad Simmons, Chanda Mwansa and Eamon Rawlins.

    That school also earned 14 Barbados Exhibitions, which went to: Marqueta Haynes, Rashad Lapez, Erin Stephany, Adiel Alleyne, Denique Lovel, Daquan Barrow, Andrew Clarke, Jacob Cuke, Sabnna DaSilva, Jared Jackman, Melissa Brathwaite, Shanice Ashby, Shannon Gibson and Chenise King.

    Eleven students from Harrison College were also awarded Scholarships. They are: Stephie Agard, Aalijah Alleyne-Smith, Tremayne Craigg, Kyle Griffith, Chole Harvey-Reid, Kaman Bridgeman, Khristan Lowe, Kameisha Maynard, Alana Clarke, Zakiyyah Nana and Edward Okey.

    The eight exhibition winners from that institution are: Sean Gloumean, Nathan Clairmant, Daniel Devonish, Jaec Emtage-Cave, Amber Evelyn, Mckayla Nurse, Camille Springer and Brian Wood.

    BCC student, Cherise Griffith, was also awarded a Barbados Scholarship, while three other students from that institution, Makeda Edmee-Kelly, Musa Degia and Jendayi Worrell, received Exhibitions.”

    It is not clear to DD from their given names of the gender of some of the 25 Scholarship winners, but it looks like the young women outnumber the young men by a ratio of close to 3:1.

    Would somebody please explain?

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  16. David August 14, 2015 at 6:03 PM #

    @DD

    Correct, mostly females.

    ;

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  17. St George's Dragon August 14, 2015 at 6:19 PM #

    Common theme across the world. Girls do better academically than boys. Why, is the question.

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  18. Due Diligence August 14, 2015 at 6:34 PM #

    St georgd

    But 3:1?

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  19. Alvin Cummins August 14, 2015 at 7:44 PM #

    @Due Diligence and Mr. C.

    DD. The number of women taking courses outnumber the boys by sometimes more than three to one. The women are more dedicated to their studies than the men and do much better. The number of women timing to Cave Hill to do courses in the evenings;after work, show that the women are more serious than the men. When I invigilated exams at Cave Hill I used to cringe. With the exception of Physics or Maths, the women taking the
    exams always outnumbered the men. The men of today lack the motivation, ambition and drive of earlier generations. I don’t know what cn be done to save them from themselves.

    Mr. C. the governments (BLP and DLP) haVE PUT PROGRAMS IN PLACE to encourage young people to help themselves in business. They established a special program, and a bank (BARBADOS DEVELOPMENT BANK) to help entrepreneurship. Don’t ask why it went belly up. The have in place programs like they Youth Entrepreneurship Scheme, and the Fund access that provides funding and education in how to run your own business. They established the Small Business Association, Thet helps small businesses. Nobody can fault either government. They have tried, and tried. Our potential entrepreneurs want to be given, without realizing that it takes hard work, sacrifice and a thing called Stick-to-itiveness to succeed. Stop trying to use politicians, ministers, and all sorts of other people as crutches. You came into this world alone, and you will leave this world alone. In between those times you have to use the material between your two ears to succeed.
    To start a business with the expectation of living off it for the first two years is to start off on the wrong foot. When the business is planned the business plan has to make allowances for not making a profit for a number of years.
    the time when the business can support you depends a lot on your expectations. Read books on business; as many as you can get your hands on; you don’t have to buy them, go to the public library, go to the internet, and follow the advice of those who have gone before you. Talk with businessmen, as many as you cn and listen to their advice, see what they did to succeed.

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  20. Bush Tea August 14, 2015 at 8:03 PM #

    @ Dragon
    Common theme across the world. Girls do better academically than boys. Why, is the question
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Why indeed!

    Common theme across the world. Increasing levels of NCDs, cancer, ill health…even in the face of relentless scientific advances.

    Common theme across the world, Increasing war, terror, tension, and stress … even as communications improve, and as travel and mixing of peoples are at the highest ever…

    Common theme across the world. Men are in decline. …Many are bullers, many others are more effeminate than most women… and of the few REAL men left, only a handful seem to have fully developed balls.

    As we have come to realise (to our sorrow), academic success don’t mean squat. Any JA who can dedicate the time; and reproduce the shiite we call ‘academics’; …after cramming for exams can become an ‘academic success’…. then they walk around looking for someone to give them a clerical job with a big title…

    The long and short of the matter is that every shiite is mixed up… Just as we oldsters recognise that in our old age ….before the end comes, every shiite goes wrong…

    The belly gets big instead of the chest…
    the arteries get hard instead of ‘other tubes…’
    the joints get stiff …and the back gets flexible…

    As the bible put it…. the first shall be last and the last shall be first…

    Girls not really getting better …. Men are a lost breed and the poor women are having to fill the breech….
    Look sharp we will soon see our children having to take on the responsibilities normally associated with REAL men….

    It all means that the grim reaper is at hand.

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  21. MR.C August 14, 2015 at 8:28 PM #

    Mr.Cummins:-
    Thanks so very much for the information on the programs for small business. I do understand what you’re saying about trying to live off the business. What I am asking, or saying is that the Government withhold any taxation for 3 to 5 years until the business grows. I think one of the biggest problems are that when most people gets into business, and see a few dollars coming in. They DON’T even acknowledge the overhead expenses. Sometimes you have to reinvest even your own salary until the business has gained ground. I do agree with you that many don’t really have any business knowledge, and try to live large way too soon. Trying to impress others that you have it going on is a no brainer. Friendship and business don’t work either. You MUST stick to your business plan, and have a long range vision on what you’re getting into. And you are correct about gaining knowledge regarding what you’re investing your time and money into. Honestly, if feel that many can succeed if they learn that being polite and mannerly towards your customers also goes a long way. Know that YOU NEED THEM MORE THAN THEY NEED YOU. When working for someone else you address them as Mr, or Mrs. But for the life of me when most so called blacks starts a business, it a whole different story addressing others in the manner mentioned. What’s going on brother,or sister isn’t the way to gain a strong customer following. Dress the part as a business person, and act 110% a businessman or businesswoman. Don’t allow money to be more important than services. These are IMPORTANT POINTS TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS. I hope that what I’ve mentioned can, or will be of help to anyone trying, or thinking about starting a business. I don’t care even if you’re doing it from your home either. RESPECT, PUNCTUALITY, AND BEING COURTEOUS IS A MUST;

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  22. Bush Tea August 14, 2015 at 8:41 PM #

    @ MR. C
    ….not being presumptuous, malicious, nosy or intrusive… But can you tell us if your first name is Athelbert or Anderson…… or anything so…?

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  23. lawson August 14, 2015 at 9:48 PM #

    The best thing that has happened is now you have to pay for your education, when you have to pay for something it makes you work harder and get the most out of it. I am not surprised that girls fair better from the people I have met this trip most they cant count to 21 unless they are naked

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  24. Alvin Cummins August 14, 2015 at 10:43 PM #

    @Mr. C.
    You have grasped the essence of what I was talking about. If you follow your own advice you are on your way. Good luck. One thing further. ALWAYS be positive. Even if things don’t go as planned or hoped for a negative attitude will never result in a positive result. Above all never give up on your dream!!

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  25. Dompey August 15, 2015 at 8:42 AM #

    Lawson

    There is a mixed-bag of opinions regarding the issue of free education these day because some people do believe that it does not incentivize
    the young people to act upon their individual initiative. And others believe that it is the government fundamental responsibility to provide the opportunity necessary for those persons who cannot afford to finance their own education. But let us consider to what extent a free education has on the recipient: the data tells us that when we have to work and pay for our own education or anything else for that matter, we do not take it for granted, knowing obviously the sacrifice it takes to accomplished it, but when it is handed or given to us on a platter, then there is always tendency to take it for granted. And this is not too different from those persons here in America who are given subsidized housing because of their income levels. Do you think that by the government paying their rent that it in some small way incentivize them to go out and look for the necessary employment to pay their rent? People should not be looking to government for hand-outs but hand-ups, and this ought to be done by way of personal- initiative and on a system of merits.

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  26. lawson August 15, 2015 at 9:07 AM #

    Agreed, look around the people that own take far better care of their property than people in subsidized housing.

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  27. MR.C August 15, 2015 at 12:31 PM #

    @ Bush Tea
    My name is Charles Sr. I hope that I have resolved your curiosity ?

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  28. William Skinner August 15, 2015 at 12:34 PM #

    @ ac
    You are personalising a national problem with positive thinking dogma. The playing field in Barbados is not level and you need to face the reality that small black people going into business face institutional and historical problems that cannot be buried in feel good rhetoric.You ignore that thousands have embraced the “sweat of the brow earn your bread” philosophy but have still been destroyed by other factors such as racism, political sabotage, the prevailing failing of inferiority and the ever present fear of failing, which has been another stumbling block to success.You cannot seriously address these concerns without paying due respect to deep rooted societal and cultural realities.

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  29. MR.C August 15, 2015 at 12:39 PM #

    @ Alvin Cummins:
    Thanks for your well wishes Sir. The reason why I said what I’ve said, is from my own experiences from owning a business, and wanted to SHARE it with anyone who’s thinking about going into business, or even has a business. I am now retired, but still has a relationship with some of my customers, and they family. I think we should ALWAYS work toward giving back to others to HELP them gain more KNOWLEDGE.

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  30. Bush Tea August 15, 2015 at 2:03 PM #

    @ MR C
    “My name is Charles Sr….”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++
    THANK YOU! THANK YOU ! THANK YOU!!!

    Bushie was just here praying that you were not ‘Andy’, ‘Aaron’, ‘Art’ … or any such name that could make you another ‘AC’ on the blog….

    BLESSINGS Brother!!!

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  31. Simple Simon August 15, 2015 at 6:58 PM #

    @Due Diligence August 14, 2015 at 5:41 PM “It is not clear to DD from their given names of the gender of some of the 25 Scholarship winners, but it looks like the young women outnumber the young men by a ratio of close to 3:1. Would somebody please explain?”

    I am happy to provide an explanation:

    WOMEN ARE MORE INTELLIGENT THAN MEN.

    And many men, maybe most men are not intelligent enough to recognize that fact..

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  32. Simple Simon August 15, 2015 at 7:04 PM #

    If these women were older, and if the exam papers were being corrected in their own schools no doubt some woman hater would claim that the women are giving sex in return for good grades.

    BUT

    the papers are numbered, not named, and corrected anonymously, by strangers from other countries.

    So the misogynists are silenced by the MERIT of these women.

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  33. David August 15, 2015 at 7:12 PM #

    @Simple Simon

    And how do you define intelligent?

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  34. Simple Simon August 15, 2015 at 7:15 PM #

    @Alvin Cummins August 14, 2015 at 7:44 PM “The men of today lack the motivation, ambition and drive of earlier generations. I don’t know what cn be done to save them from themselves.”

    Once women were permitted to compete for the Barbados scholarships they have always done better than the men.

    Tell Due Diligence to do his due diligence and tell us why men outnumber in women in prisons 10:1 in EVERY country of the world.

    MEN ARE STUPID.

    It is plain and simple

    Simon

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  35. Simple Simon August 15, 2015 at 7:30 PM #

    @David August 15, 2015 at 7:12 PM “Simple Simon…And how do you define intelligent?”

    If women all over the world are able to keep their @sses out of jail by a ration of 10:1 then I define that as intelligent. That includes black women and white women, and women of all colours, and Christian women and Muslim women, and Rastafarian women and women who are non-believers, and old women and young women, and educated women and illiterate women…

    The 6 men on the front page of today nationnews.com (and no doubt gracing the pages of other newspapers all over the world for doing blasted shite) and the tens of millions of men all over the world who are in jails I define as stupid.

    Women are more intelligent than men. Just chill and accept that fact.

    And move forward.

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  36. Bush Tea August 15, 2015 at 8:02 PM #

    @ Simple Simon
    Women are more intelligent than men. Just chill and accept that fact.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Now if Pat or Donna had said that, Bushie would respond, but coming from you Simple, the bushman will chill….

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  37. MR.C August 17, 2015 at 11:42 AM #

    I am responding to the :- Women are more intelligent than men.. I do agree. And also over the years noticed that women has a tendency of weighing things out before entering into them. At least most of them. We as men seem to have this feeling that due to the way we were taught that we were first, and women are a by-product of us. Seem to have the feeling that women MUST be less than us. But now that things has changed, women are coming out full force, and taking a serious stance in all areas. When we as men start to listen more to what’s being said, and less to what we want. Then we will gain more RESPECT and HELP from the women around us. Women LOVE strong men. But that’s not in the physical sense. They RESPECT strong minded men who are willing to show, and give them RESPECT. They are more than willing to go the extra mile for that man. To gain any serious footing in society, WE MUST WORK HAND IN HAND WITH OUR WOMEN, and teach our sons that women are not only objects of pleasure. But the other half to us that makes us A WHOLE. And teach our daughters, NEVER to settle for anything less than GREATNESS, RESPECT and LOVE HERSELF TO THE FULLEST.

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  38. Bush Tea August 17, 2015 at 11:55 AM #

    Mr C
    You should get together with Simple Simon.
    You sound like the kind of man that could avoid becoming an “EX…”

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  39. Dompey August 17, 2015 at 1:17 PM #

    Mr. MC

    You still haven’t given us any scientific proof as to why you think women are more intelligent than their male counterparts. All I’ve hear from you thus far are a lot superficial hogwash, which, belies the tools reason, logic and good common-sense. I wrote some weeks ago that I witnessed a professional woman who holds a master’s degree in pedagogy, reversed into oncoming traffic. Now it is not my intent to attribute this woman’s actions to the entire lot, but I do believe that as far as intelligence goes, one has to judge each case on its individual merit. And where are the established criteria to determine the disparities between the male and female intelligence?

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  40. Donna August 17, 2015 at 1:38 PM #

    Women and men were made to complement each other and work together as a unit. The problem is that we are working at cross purposes. Neither sex is more intelligent than the other. Each sex is meant to bring a different perspective to life and if working harmoniously balance would be achieved. We have selfishly upset the balance and that is the problem. A man is supposed to bring his strengths to bear where a women is weak and a woman is meant to bring her strengths to bear where a man is weak. The differences between men and women should be acknowledged, catered for and celebrated and used together for our advantage. Instead we want to believe that women and men are supposed to be the same even when we have evidence to the contrary. And that is our problem.

    In our schools boys are held to the same standards of behavior as girls because the teachers are mostly female. Then they are punished for boyish behavior. Also boys generally are more visual and restless than girls and mature more slowly. These differences are natural and should be acknowledged. Boys, I think are at a disadvantage in our schools.

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  41. Dompey August 17, 2015 at 1:40 PM #

    Mr. MC

    Women and men have their areas of weaknesses and strengths, as far as intelligence is concerned, and to adhere to an absolute position as you have done, undermines all that I have read regarding intelligence.

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  42. David August 17, 2015 at 2:50 PM #

    Excellent Donna!

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  43. Dompey August 17, 2015 at 4:21 PM #

    Simple Simon

    It is ridiculous to assume that just because women are able to avoid incarceration that they’re more intelligent than men. That is like saying that because women cause more traffic accidents on the road when compared to men that men are more intelligent women.

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  44. MR.C August 17, 2015 at 4:45 PM #

    The funny part of this topic about men and women’s intelligence level can go on and on. But even in what most calls the good book(THE BIBLE) I’ve seen were the teaching could imply that women are less than men. And I’m sure that I’m going to get lots of angry feelings in regards to even mentioning the bible. But that has been one of the BIGGEST places that we were taught to look for answers. Yes we all have our part to play in this world that we have been placed in. But judging from as a boy the way my mother used here little education, and tons of COMMON SENSE to survive and raise me to become a man. I would go to my grave saying that in my mind women grasp life quicker than we as men does. Our dominating feeling has created a difference in our thinking as logically as women does. Even when most men get married, that piece of paper seem to make most feel that the woman has now become his property.
    Most of us as men work and bring home the money to take care of our families and gives it to our women. Women seem to be more equipped to make a little go a long way to maintain. I am truly thankful UNTO THE MOST HIGH to have lived up to this age now of 75. And learnt quite a lot from many different women in different situations. And the bottom line is we as men takes a lot for granted with our women. I’ll vote YES regarding their INTELLIGENCE OVER us as men. Most men’s way of thinking is one dimensional. But most women goes to an extra level thinking of most things that we as men usually ignores.

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  45. Dompey August 17, 2015 at 5:04 PM #

    Simple Simon

    I would define Intelligence in my own words as the faculty of knowing and reasoning, so then, if we operate from these criteria, can we really say overall that women are more intelligent than men because they are conscientious thinkers who have the canny ability to make the productive decisions, and men do not? Now based on the criteria above, it is apparent that intelligence involves some sort of decision making. So the question then becomes: do women collectively make better decisions than their male-counterparts?

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  46. Dompey August 17, 2015 at 5:29 PM #

    Mr. MC

    Where in the Bible does it state that the woman is beneath man which respect to her intelligence? You ought not to misconstrue and neither should you misinterpreted the roles the Bible defines for the male and female regarding their unique qualities. In the book of Judges, when God was unable to find a good man to govern Israel, He called upon that prophetess Deborah to do the job. Which tells me that God foreknew or prescience that the woman had had the same kind of intelligence and ability as her male-counterpart? Or at least He knew that she was quite capable of executing His divine mandates in much the same light as the man.

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  47. Bush Tea August 17, 2015 at 7:47 PM #

    @ Donna 1:38 p.m.
    You are one in a million.

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  48. Colonel Buggy August 17, 2015 at 9:05 PM #

    PROBLEM SOLVERS???
    Barbadians from St Lucy to Christ Church are virtually under siege by the almost constant daily shootings, murders, home invasions and armed robbery.We have accused murderers laughing all the way to the Magistrates’ Courts, and a young girl found with a deadly sub machine gun, saluting her admirers on her way to court.
    And today we are hearing from no less a person than the Right Honourable Prime Minister, that the Barbados Defence Force will soon have some added units. Instead of forming a unit that will assist the Royal Barbados Police Force in recovering some of these illegal firearms , the PM has told the country at a recent BDF function, that a Chef Edey’s Commando unit will be formed,a sort of SAS , Sausage and Spaghetti unit.
    To hell with drugs ,guns and criminals, lets go to war , against the Little Chef and the Colonel,
    Are our leaders really serious about putting systems in place to fight the present troublesome upsurge in the proliferation of guns in this country? Obviously not.

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  49. Donna August 17, 2015 at 9:57 PM #

    Thank you, David and Bushie! I hold these truths to be self-evident. Some of us just don’t seem to get it. Nobody wins a war.

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  50. Bush Tea August 17, 2015 at 10:51 PM #

    @ Colonel Buggy
    Amazing is it not?!!
    The boys and gals gotta eat… besides Froon probably has no idea of the state of crime in the country- no having got to those reports yet… shiite man, he is probably only halfway through the CLICO report so far – based on his response to THAT issue.. (he reached the part that shows the name of those who brought annuities…)

    But forget Froon…. he is clueless, and only reading a speech written by someone of your rank… Where is the vision from THAT level? ….every year the same shiite speech about “the army being only as strong as the weakest link… ”
    Lotta shiite…. An army is as strong as the person leading it…..

    @ Donna
    Many of us don’t get it… and never will, but believe it or not, there are usually a few %$#*&^ who ‘win’ as a result of a war. (It is an ill wind that blows nobody good)…

    Often, those ‘winners’ are otherwise useless, visionless morons, who, in peaceful and secure times, would be justifiable bums and nobodies, but who, in the chaos and lawlessness of ‘war’, secure for themselves high positions of rank, influence and power.

    Such are the situations where such ‘winners’ seek to prolong chaos and lawlessness for as long as possible….

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  51. Donna August 17, 2015 at 10:59 PM #

    Bushie,

    That win is only an illusion. Ultimately they lose. Quite frankly I don’t even think they really enjoy their temporary win. They are like addicts who can’t quit or trains that cannot get off the track. Tragic really.

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  52. Simple Simon August 18, 2015 at 12:54 AM #

    Many men, maybe even most men are too emotional. They act of what they feel rather than on what they THINK.

    The sweetly smiling accused murderers on the front page of Saturday’s Nation?
    They acted on feelings man!!!!

    The 1300+ people who failed to show up for their CSEC exams. I’ll bet my last dollar that they are mostly male.
    They acted on feelings man!!!

    The 10000+ men at Dodds.
    They acted on feelings man!!!

    Too emotional=Bare trouble.

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  53. MR.C August 18, 2015 at 3:47 AM #

    @Dompey:-
    In the book of Genesis it’s stated that God CREATED man, but MADE a woman from the rib of the man. This was when it all started.
    CREATE
    1. to cause to come into being, as something unique.
    2. to evolve from one’s imagination, as a work of art or an invention.
    3. to perform (a role) in the first production of a play or motion picture.
    4. to make by investing with new rank; designate: to create a peer.
    5. to arrange or bring about, as by intention or design: to create confusion.
    v.i.
    6. to do something creative.

                                                    MADE
    

    vb
    1. the past tense and past participle of make1
    adj
    2. artificially produced
    3. (in combination) produced or shaped as specified: handmade.
    4. get it made have it made to be assured of success
    5. made of money very rich

    Two ENGLISH WORDS has caused quite a difference to so many over the years. The interesting part to it all. Everyone uses these words regularly in forms of expressions.

    But I am NOT going to go back and forth with you or anyone for that matter in regards to this. I have heard the same word used by a few men at different points in time, to make sure that the woman knew her place, or position. Now you can run all over the bible and pick out what you want in order to try proving me to be wrong. You have that right to do whatever you feel that will prove you to be right, and to prove me to be wrong.

    The two words does make quite a difference according to THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE.

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  54. William Skinner August 18, 2015 at 9:54 AM #

    While it maybe possible to argue that girls develop faster than boys biologically, I am not certain this is so intellectually . Some argue that girls are a distraction to boys in the class room. I really think it goes both ways. In many instances, we have been so shocked by the upward movement of our women that we come up with all kinds of unproven theories. We must recognise that if a horse has been constantly beaten, any time it wins a race , there will be questions. Our women have emerged from a male dominated society and quickly found their path and true value. Some males simply cannot come to terms with this evolution. Our refusal to accept their progress, has led us to some very silly reasoning.

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  55. Donna August 18, 2015 at 1:51 PM #

    I beat all the bright boys in my class. While I was busy doing this they were busy pulling my long plaits or throwing paper balls at the back of my head. I was way too focussed at that time to waste time with tricks or to be distracted by their antics.

    My reference to maturity had more to do with focus than intellectual capacity

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  56. Due Diligence August 18, 2015 at 2:24 PM #

    Off topic – but curious

    Stumbled onto this BTII video

    http://barbadostourisminvestment.com/barbados_video.cfm

    Spokesman in the Business Investment tab is Dale D Marshall, Minister of Industry and International Business

    About time for an update Donville?

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  57. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right August 18, 2015 at 5:57 PM #

    @ Donna

    They should not change it because well lets just say that well….they will soon be changing it back again

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