School inspectors should recognise each student as unique

I just read a couple of articles about education in Cayman, and I am infuriated by the comments of education inspector Peter Carpenter. He is so unaware of the needs of many of the children in Cayman. I think he should try to listen to Michael Myles, who seems to have a much better grasp on the problems of education.

What good is holding all students to the same standards?

We are not a herd of cattle going to market. We are individuals with remarkably different talents and interests. We do not all learn the same way. We need to find alternatives to the traditional view of educating people.

Mr. Carpenter, please take your blinders off, stop living in the past, and do what’s right for all Cayman students.

If you are unwilling to learn effective ways to reach students, it might be time for you to leave the field.

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Adrienne Ponik

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  1. As to the students being ‘unique,’ holds true at home, we are a product of our upbringing, at the school, we are ‘like a herd of cattle,’ all with the same brain (computer) to fill with information, how we use it depends on how the parents approve or disapprove.
    Trying to treat each student as an ‘individual,’ is sort of ironic, for it ‘assumes’ then, that the teacher is many-faceted; i.e., the teacher must have been taught the ways of all students, how is that possible? Each student will rise to their ‘individuality’ without help from the school, social engineering is one of the worst problems we have created, it needs to stop.
    As I said, we are a product of our upbringing, the school is like a warehouse where kids are sent to be taught ‘Reading, Rightin’ & Arithmetic.’ Teach ALL kids the facts, if some are smarter, so be it, if some drop out, so be it, one thing remains constant; regardless of what we are taught at school relating to social issues, it is useless, because that is what we learn at home…
    Schools should only be concerned about if a kid can read or write, do math and find the country of origin on a map.