November 15, 2008


Posted in Philosophy, Poetry, Thoughts tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 12:50 pm by randallbutisingh



“Full many a gem of purest rays serene,
The dark unfathomed caves of ocean bear;
Full many a flower is born to blush unseen,
And waste its sweetness on a desert air.”

This stanza is culled from the poem “Elegy written in a Country Churchyard” by William Wordsworth, a great English poet, and is rated as one of the best poems ever written.  It is a metaphor for the individual whose hidden talents have not been discovered.  This, along with the building of character, is the real purpose of education and the duty of the teacher.

But what do we see in our schools; pupils are filled with much unnecessary and irrelevant information which do not constitute true knowledge; and then tested for grading to see how much of the stuff they can regurgitate. In this way effort, commitment and perseverance are not tested because they cannot be measured by the yardstick of the examination system.  No wonder most of the products from our system fail to pass the character test in their profession or occupation.

Edgar Dale, in one of his newsletters wrote, “The saddest of all obituaries might well be; his hidden talents were never discovered”.  Let us hope that the new administration will  begin to educate more and inform less as with a good education the pupil will be able to acquire the best information with his own good judgment.  When this happens, the Home, the Community and the Nation will prosper.

Randall Butisingh


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