Educating our Youth: Whose education?

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What is the role of society in educating? What is the role of education in society?
According to American psychologist John Broadus Watson;
“Give me a dozen healthy infants, well-formed, and my own specified world to bring them up in and I’ll guarantee to take any one at random and train him to become any type of specialist I might select – doctor, lawyer, artist, merchant-chief and, yes, even beggar-man and thief, regardless of his talents, penchants, tendencies, abilities, vocations and the race of his ancestors” (Watson, 1924, p. 104).
However,
According to English philosopher and physician John Locke, he wanted an education that in the very first place would teach children to work: to become useful and god-fearing people who would not be dependent on charity. Locke wanted this education to create a rationally thinking, morally dependable, socially capable person given to both adequate reflection and adequate action. Locke considered good morals and good manners more important than knowledge; and as far as knowledge was concerned, he stressed it should be selected not just because of some educational tradition, but rather for reasons of usability and practicality. Locke advocates for teaching that was more concrete than abstract, and that to some extent took into account the individual pupil’s temperament, interests, capabilities, and environment. He pointed out explicitly that no two children were the same, or that compelling children to learn when they didn’t want to might turn out to be ineffective. According to Locke, the student should learn his proper place in the social order: if possible without harsh punishments, but if necessary the hard way (Locke, 1693).
What is education?
Who is educated?
Who creates a value system that simultaneously differentiates, categorizes, elevates, and diminishes people inequitably… inevitably establishing the boundaries of human academic development?
They say the sky is the limit. Whose sky? Whose limit?

J. Archer

“The Bahamas: our home-our problem”

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It is now time for the advancement of a nationwide backed and government-sponsored Community-Based Participatory Research intervention into emotionally distraught and morally disengaged communities throughout the Bahamas. Community social ills in the Bahamas now require an ethnographic fieldwork approach; such an approach is necessary to resolve community problems by inquiring and facilitating each member’s diagnosis. Although regarded as a Christian nation, the Bahamas does not have a single, comprehensive, and coherent way of addressing ethical issues or dilemmas. Hence, we have seen an ad hoc approach to crime and other social problems. This must change. From afar, there seems to be disarray, we continue to be a society plagued with many lackadaisical followers and so few leaders. That is, many adults religiously point to their vicarious learning experiences as the scapegoat for all their questionable choices and poor judgment. In truth, as we scholars begin to contemplate on ways to change the moral fabric of our Bahamian community, this will not be possible unless we allow the affected peoples to tell their own stories and recommend their own solutions. We must begin and end with the peoples’ voice, we must only be guides and facilitators.

J. Archer

Guide Me the Right Way

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Organizational ethics leadership includes demonstrating ethical decision-making and enhancing the moral climate of the organization while promoting an ethical culture. Truthfully, this is not a simple task, not only is it difficult to guide others towards making a right decision, but it is equally difficult to lead others when your actions are constantly under their observation, and therefore subject to reasonable scrutiny. While all of us are subject to human frailties, many of us are reluctant to assume a role for which others are likely to adopt their cue for moral action.

J. Archer

“Dead Curious”

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“The unfortunate dead”… (Hans Jonas, 1974). Why is death or the sufferings preceding death regarded as unfortunate? In life, the value of death is silenced, we fear it and so we undervalue any importance it could/does have. Certainly, we do not entirely understand the state or value of death, its metaphysical relevance or spiritual evolution. Therefore, if death serves as both an abstract reality and a carnal human phenomenon, how are we to conclude that a state unbeknownst to us is unfortunate. To be sure, the fortunes of death are both secret and apparent to many.

J. Archer

“A moral paradox of human experimentation”

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It is astonishing how much of the ground-breaking developments in science and medicine prior to the era of protectionism in medical research, came at the cost of physical and mental abuse, marginalization, and exploitation of the most vulnerable people in the global society. “A moral paradox of human experimentation”.Throughout human history equity has always been repressed by utilitarianism, consequentialism, classism, capitalism, despotism, and Power. Today, we live within a social order wherein the progress of science and medicine, the political economy, and the market economy compels the underprivileged to sacrifice optimism to sustain the agendas of global capitalism.

J. Archer

I Tell You The Truth

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Open eyes, focused ears, and a wondering mind.
Open your eyes brothers and sisters, can’t you see our divide is to our conquer.
Focus your ears brothers and sisters, heed to the inconsistencies, you will hear when the truth has too many interpretations.
Let your minds wonder brothers and sisters, don’t you realize your talents are hibernating in your imaginations.
although separated we share the journey of life,
although cultivated we share the burdens of mistruth,
although hopeful we share the uneasiness of uncertainty,
although optimistic we share the inevitability of death.
I tell you the truth, open your eyes, focus your ears, and let your mind wonder

J. Archer

Whose Justice?

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I have seen the majority over the minority in democracy, gender over fairness in equality, and rich over poor in social class…the clamor for justice appears to be self-interested and instrumental… with an often disregard for justice, desire seems to be motivated by our pleasure over another’s pain. Arguably, the quest for diverse equality in many ways breeds new inequalities. As I see it, the problem intrinsic to the implementation of justice is that it has the unintended consequence of creating divides, a departure from its envisioned harmony. That is, in a community of people, we are often uncertain who are the losers in Justice, and the winners in injustice. Nevertheless, Justice was never meant to be a tool intentionally focused on the individual’s interest but designed to manage and protect a well-ordered society.

J. Archer

Biased Perception

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To those who relentlessly pursue faultlessness in others, be advised that there is no immaculate perception, there is only our subjective perception, whereas how and what we observe depends on our perceptions, predispositions, understandings, and sensibilities. We often see what we want to see, perceptively acquiescing an irrational reality.

J. Archer