Frontiers of Understanding

August 1st, 2007
by George S. Crimmin

[private] v5-8-Speaking OutToday what you earn is based primarily on what you learn. We live in an increasingly global and technological era. Gone are the days when all you needed was a strong physical frame and a decent work ethic to get ahead. In today’s world, a good solid education is the key to success. In my view, education serves two basic purposes. It teaches you how to make a living and also how to live. The education experts tell us that the two greatest teachers in the history of the human race were Jesus and Socrates. Socrates taught by asking questions and Jesus, on the other hand, taught by telling stories or giving illustrations. Most effective teachers today incorporate both methods into their teaching strategy. We, Bay Islanders, are a society that prospers not because of a great abundance of natural resources, but by our wits. As we become more and more dependent on tourism as a main source of income however, our degree of success will become dependent on an educated or trained workforce. Unfortunately, our national leaders pay lip service to this need, but that’s as far as it gets. I believe if we truly want to educate our people, we’ll have to do it ourselves.

Consider this. The educational level of Honduras as of the year 2000 stood at third grade, which indicates that the average Honduran cannot read and understand the newspaper, because it’s written in sixth grade language. Honduras has a centralized educational system, with the leadership residing in the capital. Don’t you think it’s time we realize that you cannot run or operate an educational system successfully here in the Bay Islands with the leadership located in Tegucigalpa? It’s time to decentralize the educational process. There has to be accountability. We need to exercise local control if we are determined to be successful. If the powers at be cannot deal with this, too bad. The question is, do we have the intestinal fortitude to stand up to the pseudo-educational leadership in Tegucigalpa? Is the political leadership here on the Islands up to the task? For the sake of posterity, it’s time we find out. Every society on this planet that has made economic and social gains has done so through education. Doesn’t that tell us something? The frontiers of understanding and knowledge are continually expanding, and only through education can we keep up with the times. Good, better, best; never let it rest until your good is better, and your better is best. If you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.[/private]

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