Hope you had a nice weekend. I had to rest on Sunday after a full week and a whole day in school on Saturday. Yes, my MMP programme is going on well.
I heard of an incident about 2 weeks ago and will like to share it with you and have your thoughts on it. A neighbour hitched a ride with me on a wednesday morning when he told me this: His wife, currently running her NYSC programme, works in a high class Nursery/Primary School in one of the choicest parts of Lagos; of course, the pupils are children of the very rich and the school runs an American curriculum (don’t ask me for the name pls!)
One of the primary school pupils reportedly committed suicide because his friends and classmates had been consistently making fun of him about an obvious shortcoming he had, “what shortcoming? you might ask, the shortcoming was that his friends travelled to the UK for vacation that year and he didn’t! It apparently had become unbearable for him, so he decided to put an end to his life since his parents didn’t deem it proper to take him for vacation; he just couldn’t handle the ‘humiliation from his friends’. Can you imagine that?
I was dumbfounded for lack of a better word to describe how shocked i was at what i had just heard. I thought to myself; afterall, this particular action is the norm and typical of the system they emulate. I was really sad, i thought of the parents of the child, no action of theirs could have brought the boy back, they would have been full of regrets and deep, deep sorrow.
I already had a little background about the school that made me wonder how possible it is for discipline to be upheld within the system. There was no school uniform, everybody came to school in mofty; i heard recently that they have a uniform now; my neighbor even told me that his wife doesn’t intend to work there after her NYSC because she said teachers were not well treated especially by the parents who feel they put food on their tables, they humiliate teachers who try to ‘discipline’ their children.
Westernization is good, early exposure for children is good; but shouldn’t it be healthy for the children, especially on the long run? Is this not doing more harm than good? For a primary school child to go as far as taking his life is extremely scary and saddening for me. I heard of another school that does not hold lectures on Valentine’s day, the whole school is heavily decorated with love colours and all students are compelled to bring and exchange gifts. I think instilling sound values into these children is the best thing we can do for them, when they’re not properly trained, their values are weak and they become very vain, counting nothing as really valuable.
All said, i just want to close with this question: Do we leave the training of our children in the hands of a school whose value systems we’re not totally proud of? I really need your comments on this.
Catch ya later, have a great week!