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Dem be fightin’ words…..

Posted on: August 30, 2007

“Turn off the television set and put away the Game Boy and make sure that you’re talking to your teacher and that we get over the anti-intellectualism that exists in some of our communities where if you conjugate your verbs and if you read a book that somehow means you are acting white,”

Barack Obama,
Selma, Alabama

I know this quote is old, but anti-intellectualism is rampant across many lower income communities outside of the US. This unfortunate attitude makes it even harder for kids who want to study to actually do better. The unfortunate label of teachers pet and being a social cast out looms large at the end of repeat correct answers in class. This is a class issue not racial or ethnic….class and perception. In Jamaica we call it,

Crab inna Barrell.

peace,
Yorkali

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