The Teenage Challenge – by Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

The Teenage Challenge – by Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

There was a time when there was no  television. The radio was plugged into a battery and its programs ended at ten in the night. Daily distractions were minimal.

The people were poor but they prized education as it was the passport to a better life. Books changed hands and the ‘dog ears’ were smoothened to make reading easy. There was respect for teachers as parents and the schools worked together to enforce discipline. The success of the children was celebrated by the entire community. 

This statement could be applied to just about any developing country where there was a constant battle to meet basic needs. In Guyana and the Caribbean, not so long ago, education standards were comparable to the best in the world. But times have changed. There is the argument that our teenagers are not as focused as they used to be and it is a cause for worry. What are some of the problems affecting the teen population and how can they be resolved?

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  • ndtewarie  On 02/07/2015 at 12:03 pm


    Maybe I belonged to the old school
    But my mother didn’t raise a fool
    This now generation laughs at us
    But then we had love and trus’
    If we were caught in an escapade
    They would call a spade a spade
    Cross your t’s and mind your p’s
    And you get along fine with ease

    At school we were learned to think
    Today they say our methods stink
    We got whipped with a cane stick
    If we erred in mental arithmetic
    You were sent back to the dunce stable
    If you can’t recite your multiplication table
    And spelling brother that was another thing! Well!
    They say you can’t write well if you cannot spell

    Maybe their methods were unorthodox
    But we could never say that it sucks
    Comparing it with today’s children
    We became smart men and women
    We’re in every major firms and corporations
    And we hold good supervisory high stations
    We try hard to impart our unique standard and tell
    Our kids what they should do, though some rebel

    But what is the crux of the matter
    Unlike these kids we weren’t smarter
    But our teachers made the difference
    And its not that we had more sense
    They threaten us with the cane
    If we don’t use our own brain
    Our teachers taught us how to think
    That believe me! is the missing link

    Today many bright kids have become drifters
    Cause they depended much on the calculators
    Making simple addition they can’t do
    To do subtraction they have no clue
    You do your homework and your assignments
    With teachers there weren’t negative arguments
    You were always steered in the right direction
    Cogging and forgery was out of the question

    No matter how you wail or whined
    If you fail a class you stay behind
    You don’t be a dunce and get a hitch
    Even if you parents are darn filthy rich
    And if you’re caught in an illegal crunch
    Imprinted in you is there’s no free lunch
    You be a man! face whatever she wrote
    And have day in the appropriate court

    Too many times we see kids in this society
    Liming at the mall playing games and hookey
    Or skipping school to be idle and play pranks
    When they should go to school and say thanks
    And because they don’t do the basic
    They stay home and feign they’re sick
    Forgetting in life you’ll have to face reality
    For as an adult you have a big responsibility

    Parents can’t control their rudeness and shouts
    They are bored and so many became drop outs
    Can’t cope they turn to dope
    Some even at the end of a rope
    In real life they can’t manage
    Many failed in their marriage
    They just think only of me and my
    Becoming very selfish and greedy

    No brains and with lil’ minds so warped and corrupt
    We shouldn’t be shocked when they run us bankrupt
    And just because they can’t think the now generation
    Are at a loss and succumbed to illegal manipulation
    Even when they become a success
    Got themselves in a bloody mess
    These folks who are a bunch of dunces
    Is our future hope to run our provinces!

  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 02/07/2015 at 12:37 pm

    Another excellent commentary by Dr. Narine.

    “In their job applications young people delighted themselves in mentioning that they ‘multitasked.’ But by 2015 these connoisseurs of the keyboard have come to find out that multitasking carried severe consequences.”
    Two serious consequences I have observed among some of today’s multitasking teenagers are that they become easily bored and are unable to hold down a job for a long period.

  • dhanpaul narine  On 07/10/2015 at 10:07 pm

    This is so true. Only the other day in NYC a number of teens were in trouble for surfing on the net while on the job. We need to put an end to distractions and focus on the job, like in the old days.

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