Veteran Educator Daphne Douglas Worries For Youth

By: Richard Mitchell

Former Professor at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Daphne Douglas has placed on the table serious concerns about the students of the present day.

Speaking with The Gleaner in her 20th year of retirement from the UWI, the distinguished past professor of Library Studies said students today are not only self-centred, but they are also at a disadvantage because they are “spoilt rotten”.

“The students today are too narrow-minded. The human being in 2015 is the thing that’s worrying me,” Douglas said.

“They have been brought up with the idea of ‘I’, ‘me’ and ‘myself’, and if anything is left over, it’s ‘me’ again. They don’t have the broad perspective that one ought to have. You cannot spend your life making sure that you are the centre of the universe,” Douglas said.

“I think we are this way because we are now spoilt rotten.”

SHIFT TO SELF-CENTREDNESS

She continued: “Parents who lived a hard life decided that their children were not going to have a hard life and, therefore, their children never experienced this hardship. I think having a difficult life is useful. Some children today have 20 pairs of shoes and 40 dresses … In my days, you had one pair of shoes for home and one for church!”

Beyond the easy lives some children are now being brought up on, the past Kingston College board member said she was also seeing a shift from selflessness to self-centredness; something that causes her much concern.

She said: “What is also worrying me is the lack of conscience, not only from students, because when that student grows up and becomes a teacher, you’ll have the same thing. Teachers have the mentality of, ‘Give me mi salary’, ‘I am important’, ‘It doesn’t matter if I go to class late’ and ‘It doesn’t matter if I don’t prepare a proper lesson to each the children’.”

The educator said teachers who place emphasis on extra lessons are perfect examples of a system that is now occupied by persons who lack ethics.

“Nowadays, I hear of teachers refusing to teach students in class in preparation for O’ Levels; and then they demand the students come to extra classes. This is what I mean when I say that ethics is what is wrong with the system now.”

“We simply have too many people who are looking out for just themselves,” the professor concluded.

richard.mitchell@gleanerjm.com

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Kentucky Politician, Arrested … For An Overdue Library Book?

By David Moye

Johnathan Masters, 33, was arrested Wednesday on an outstanding warrant allegedly stemming from a library book checked out 11 years ago.

Throw the book at him!

A candidate in the race to be Kentucky’s next lieutenant governor was arrested Wednesday on charges apparently connected to an overdue library book.

Johnathan Masters, 33, a Democratic challenger for the office, was driving to Bowling Green for a TV interview when a Kentucky State Trooper pulled him over.

“He said my tags were expired,” Masters told The Huffington Post. “I thought he was going to let me go because he was real friendly, but then he went back to his patrol car and was gone for about 15 minutes.

“When he came back, he asked me, ‘Did you take out a library book 11 years ago?'” Masters said.

It seems Masters had a warrant out for his arrest on of the charge of “theft by failure to make required disposition of property,” a misdemeanor when the property is under $500.

“I started to laugh, but he said, ‘This is serious!’ and he took me to jail for three hours,” Masters said.

Masters was booked on the outstanding warrant and paid $100 bond to get out. He is scheduled to be arraigned March 30.

“I plan to fight the charges,” he said. “I’m going to request a jury trial.”

Masters was born Kevin Deaton, but said he legally changed his name in 2004.

“I didn’t “want to carry the legacy of my violent oppressive father,” he said.

He suspects the name change is the reason for why the warrant wasn’t issued for 11 years.

Masters is getting sympathy from an unlikely source: Drew Curtis, who is running to be Kentucky governor as an independent candidate. He suspects Masters could have been set up by a competitor, but admits he has no proof.

“I’ve seen no evidence of political dirty tricks, but it seems strange that police would drive around looking for missing library books,” Curtis told HuffPost.

A Kentucky State Police spokeswoman could not find information about Masters being arrested for a missing library book. The only information in her files only said Masters was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

Masters told Fox News that he recalls visiting Kenton County library, but does not recall taking out a book.

Masters said his struggles point to why he feels the legal system in Kentucky needs to be changed.

“I call it the ‘Injustice System’,” he said. “It’s not like Mayberry. When you walk in, they assume you’re guilty. If you can’t help someone, don’t harm them.”

Masters could be spending much of the election season defending himself in court.

In February, he was accused of screaming at and threatening to harm a school principal. He also allegedly harassed a dean at Spalding University, where he was a student, according to Courier-Journal.com.

“He has a problem with school administrators,” Assistant Jefferson County Attorney Tim McCauley told a judge during a pretrial hearing last month.

Masters admits challenging the dean to a boxing match, “which I’m not proud of,” he said, but the truth will come out in court.

From The Huffington Post