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Is the Caribbean Education System Dumbing Down Kids?

As the new school year begins in many Caribbean territories today, blogger Guyana-Gyal, who writes in local parlance, questions the new direction education is taking throughout the region. From the practice of making children tote heavy backpacks instead of simply asking them to bring to class only the books they will be using, to the popular trend of “extra lessons” and increased amounts of homework, the blogger challenges the concept that greater testing results in smarter children:

Why aren't children allowed to play during school-term while they're studying? Why can they play only during the holidays? What kinda ignorant parents they breeding now [...] They never hear that play is one of the most important ways to discover? To learn? To think? [...]

And! Passing so many exams gon prove what? That they can sweat the books really well…and…what else? It gon make them more articulate, wiser, more creative, inventive, more thinking, more analytic? Really?

Guyana's Walter Rodney Inquiry

David, at Barbados Underground, admits—in the interest of full disclosure—that he represents the Guyana Trades Union Congress in the Commission of Inquiry into Walter Rodney's death, and has some concerns about the matter.

Guyana: Laugh & Learn

Guyana Gyal blogs about the power of laughter: Through the use of humour, she was able to help a young woman be confident enough to learn.

Guyana: The Walter Rodney Enquiry

Two different narratives are taking hold in Guyana when it comes to the Commission of Enquiry into the death of political activist Walter Rodney: Barbados Underground reports that the Guyana Trades Union Congress is looking after its interest in arriving at the truth, while propaganda press, which is not in support of the enquiry, suggests that the process is being boycotted.

Guyana, U.S.A.: Aviation Security Threat?

Two blogs are reporting that the US has issued a security alert to its citizens about an ‘unconfirmed threat’ to flights from Guyana. Netizens are also sharing the news via Facebook.

Is Guyana's Population in Decline?

Ever since the quotation made famous by Mark Twain, that there are three types of lies – lies, damn lies and statistics – the profession of statistics invariably finds itself under the microscope…

ChrisRam.net examines the preliminary report on the Guyana Population and Housing Census.

Guyana: Remembering Walter Rodney

I wish I could wish you a good afternoon. But I believe that if I could hear souls whisper…Dr. Rodney’s soul would say that it is not a good day. How can it be…when our children are being raped, beaten and shot…when the nation witnesses such injustice in silence?

Sara Bharrat presents her speech at the inaugural Walter Rodney Foundation Creative Writing Competition.

Caribbean: Commonwealth Short Story Shortlist Announced

The writers shortlisted for the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize have been announced. Repeating Islands shares the list.

Barbados, Guyana: Peas & Rice, Very Nice

tastes like home puts a Guyanese twist on a favourite Barbadian dish.

Guyana Spurns USAID Democracy Project

Guyanese blogger, Sara Bharrat, writes an open letter to Roger F. Luncheon, Head of the Presidential Secretariat in Guyana, concerning the Guyana's decision to pull out of a USAID project to support local elections and political participation due to “lack of consultation.”

…why should the US have to come into my home and clean for me? Can I and my brothers and sisters not do it on our own? I have decided that I will clean my own house. Democracy is not a gift that someone can simply hand us. Democracy is a journey, a path of self discovery, which we must take alone and together all at once.

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