Arrindell pushes new education slogan

POSTED: 10/5/11 12:51 PM

St. Maarten – Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Dr. Rhoda Arrindell has urged to take on the slogan, “Away with mediocrity; up with quality” in her World Teacher’s Day message. The statement is part of a broader call for teachers to offer quality education that allows students to become better, instead of settling for mediocrity.
“We should no longer condone mediocrity, neither for ourselves nor in our profession. That mediocrity has chipped away at the image of teaching as a noble calling. In order to repair the damage, in order to redeem that lost honor and glory, we must, as teachers, go back to making excellence job number one. In this, I want to emphasize again, there can be no compromise,” Arrindell said.

The minister acknowledges that the teachers have already done a lot for the country’s development, but uses her message to call for them to do more.
“We must be the first to recognize that we have a lot of work to do. We must be honest enough with ourselves to know that we cannot rest on our oars, and that where it concerns gender equality, all of us must put our heads together to correct the current course in which our island seems to be on. While you should be proud of your achievements, you should be even more resolute in your determination to put a stamp of excellence on each mind entrusted to your care,” Arrindell said.

She went on to state, “How I wish, on a day like this, we would accept the performance of our students as a measure of our own success as teachers. But I am encouraged by the fact that most of you, indeed, are concerned about improving the quality of education on our island. May you continue to grow in knowledge and may the Almighty grant you the wisdom required to move our nation forward, one child at a time.”

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