JIVING AROUND WITH 2015: Barbadian Educator says Change is Good – Parkinson Memorial Report

You said that maybe it’s over
Not if you don’t want it to be
For once in your life, here’s your miracle
Stand up and fight

(This is it)
Make no mistake where you are
(This is it)
You’re going no further
(This is it)
Until it’s over and done

According to one of Barbados’ most controversial educators, he won’t be giving any more reports – Jeff Broomes, principal of Parkinson Memorial says he’s tired of trying to motivate staff and pupils and meeting resistance every step. The time has come for not just schools but all Barbadians, the embattled teacher told amazed parents and children, to seize change and run with it…

Dec 05 Broomes

I can well believe what Mr Broomes said, since the occasion he was at Alexandra (about 2011) when I was unwillingly drawn into a Facebook group calling for Broomes’ sacking as head of the West Coast secondary institute. I defended Broomes – noting how many educators on Teachers’ Professional Day liked to treat it as a long weekend in Castries or a cinema binge.

I was kicked out of the group post haste with 140 comments cursing me as much as Broomes! In fact, in a subsequent Facebook discussion on another topic there was one person who was just adamant that anything I said or did was wrong… I tried to wrap my head around the dislike, since they did not appear to be the child or sibling of any sitting MP, but when I viewed their profile it became pellucid!

The objector was a former pupil from Alexandra Secondary, I guess probably one of the group who pleaded for my ejection? Am I supposed to shed tears? Here’s part of Mr Broomes‘ finale, please note he won’t be stepping aside as Principal, maybe to the chagrin of many…

We may accuse Mr Broomes of bombastic behaviour following him from when he was at St Michael’s on Martindale’s Road as well but how much are parents and former students to be in as much guilt themselves? Pupils can hold a grudge long after school days – I still reprimand a Kolij teacher for snatching a science fiction book during a free period because it wasn’t text book when I was in 2nd Form and my grouse is mild… There are those who may have been flogged or worse?

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