Education: the state of things

22nd of July, 2013
Manhattan, New York City

Smithie on education, culture and fashionable trends.

A child in one of our city schools learning about Oliver Twist for the first time, got handed the same conclusion like his forebears – that poor Oliver Twist was simply greedy and had he featured in today’s Hollywood sponsored movie, most would have psychologically sympathized with his figure as a perfect figure to sympathize with.

Meanwhile, another child, same age, in far away Andaman Island, India, learning about Oliver Twist under a mango tree was encouraged to consider time, place and circumstances before agreeing to whether Master Twist was greedy or not. The wide eyed Andaman kid, thinking Master Twist probably seven in England, Victorian age – a time when you measure anything and everything, refused to accept Oliver Twist was greedy.

“Forget about greed memsahib, I think Master Twist was just asking for what was due a child his age,” the Andaman Indian child replied.

Guess what! The Andaman Indian got a “maximum bonus” for pushing the envelop with his thinking, was made a prefect for that class for the duration of that week till another session when upstaged by another kid in the same class under the mango tree.

This is a true story, and as much as it shows the type of competition we are up against, it also reflect badly on a newly overhauled New York city school curriculum and tests that cost million of dollars to formulate from somewhere in Texas.

The question is do we need our teacher’s union to keep on backing the same political elites and a system that turn kids into parrot? Do we need to keep pumping up our kids with fashionable trends that are dangerous arts, to education, to culture and to tradition? My answer is no.

My name is Abiodun Laurel-Smith. I am your Independent candidate, and I am running as Smithie for Mayor NYC. I am on the ballot – representing the good people of New York city. I will feature at all primary and general election debates. And come November 5th, 2013, I hope New York city voters will decide who best to lead the city at the critical moment in history.

Thank you in advance for your commitment to this great city of ours.

Sincerely yours,

Abiodun (Abbey) Laurel-Smith (Smithie for Mayor 2013)


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