Focus on education: forget ‘brands’
As the school term is about to re-open, I am just pondering on some issues our children take to heart during the year—issues pertaining to the trivialities of daily school life, rather than the real focus—which is acquiring a well-rounded, first-class education.
Subjects such as “whah school shoe you wearin dey”, “yuh Jansport bag iz the original or fake?”, “so whah brand ah gel u slick yuh hair wid”, “we travellin wid d driver dah have d pong eh”.
I can volunteer ideas to alleviate that type of focus in our children, but I write today about one. That is, the school shoe issue.
So much unnecessary attention is placed on what sneakers their peers are wearing. And to me, it remains a primary determinant as to how cliques develop. If yuh wearin the bestest brands, you belong to the “elite” group. If yuh wearing “Flame” or some other, you belong to the “pauper” group.
The focus then shifts mostly to these material factors, rather than their education. We even know of instances where brand-name sneakers are robbed off of the feet of our children by would-be vultures.
Why not, Ministry of Education, introduce some nice, comfortable “pallet mans” and standardise what our boys and girls are allowed to wear to school, making extra curricular shoes an exception? They are reasonably priced for even the poorest in our society.
This is one tiny solution to allow our children to focus on what is important and develop productive and lasting relationships with one another, rather than focusing on unrewarding trivialities.