Rhoda Arrindell promotes language clubs

POSTED: 07/4/11 12:01 PM

St. Maarten – Education Minister Rhoda Arrindell treated Members of Parliament this week to her definition of education. It is, the Minister said, “any experience that forms the mind, character of affects the physical ability of a person. It is the process by which society consciously and deliberately transmits is accumulated knowledge, skills and values from one generation to another. Education therefore, whether formal or informal, academic or vocational is the process of preparing an individual to become an independent, useful and valued member of society.”

Arrindell quoted Thomas Moore who said, “One of the greatest problems of our time is that many are schooled but few are educated.”

To that the Minister could have added another famous quote, this one from Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known under his pen name Mark Twain who said, “I have never let schooling interfere with my education.”

Arrindell said that her goal is to educate many “while only a few, if any, would be schooled.”

One of her pet projects are language clubs in the schools. “Every graduate of a secondary school in St. Maarten should be able to speak, write and communicate fluently in three to four languages – English, Dutch, French and Spanish.” This would, in the Minister’s view, “unleash an enormous potential in terms of a multilingual work force.”


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